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Tuesday, March 23, 2004


FCC's chief engineer dismisses BPL concerns

The Wall Street Journal has a front-page story today about the ongoing battle between amateur radio operators and utilities deploying BPL (broadband over power line) technology.
"Ed Thomas, the FCC's chief engineer, says the commission has spent a year listening to the hams' concerns about power lines and is getting frustrated. 'Why is this thing a major calamity?' he says. 'And honestly, I'd love the answer to that.'"

"Companies such as Con Ed and Progress note that current FCC regulations call for systems to be shut down if they interfere with hams. The radio operators agree the rules are clear, but they fear they will be rescinded or not enforced."

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