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Monday, December 08, 2003
Power line broadband: FEMA objects strongly to BPL deployment
In a filing with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Emergency Management Agency has gone on record as strongly opposing broadband over power line (BPL) use in the United States:
"The HF spectrum is a unique resource for survivable, long-distance fixed and transportable communications that are independent of fragile infrastructure. Other communications media cannot meet FEMA's requirements for disaster response and other mission-critical communications. Other users of the HF spectrum are similarly affected by the proposal, and only HF radio can meet their needs as well. Implementation of BPL under the present or relaxed emission restrictions would make HF radio unusable, depriving our nation of an invaluable and irreplaceable public safety resource. The purported benefits of BPL in terms of expanded services in certain communications sectors do not appear to outweigh the benefit to the overall public of HF radio capability as presently used by Government, broadcasting, and public safety users."