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Saturday, March 20, 2004


"ARRL Urges 'Thoughtful, Considered Comments' on Proposed BPL Rules"

From the ARRL Letter and
"Comments on the FCC Broadband over Power Line (BPL) Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in ET Dockets 03-104 and 04-37 are due by Monday, May 3. The deadline for reply comments--comments on comments filed by others--is Tuesday, June 1. The ARRL will comment by the deadline on the FCC's proposals to amend its Part 15 rules to adopt new requirements and measurement guidelines for so-called 'Access BPL' systems that provide broadband access via electric utility power lines. ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, says the League recommends that members read the NPRM and develop their own thoughtful, considered comments that specifically address the FCC's BPL proposals, reflect positively on the amateur community and, if possible, offer alternative recommendations."

The ARRL (American Radio Relay League) is the national association amateur radio operators in the United States; it has strongly opposed BPL deployment due to concerns that signal leakage from BPL systems would cause widespread interference to HF (high frequency) radio operations, both amateur and government.


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