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Tuesday, April 13, 2004


South Korea: Government relaxes regulations to encourage BPL deployment

The South Korean government is relaxing regulations covering broadband over power lines (BPL), although the English language article announcing this change is a bit unclear as to whether this refers to networking over power lines within the home or "Access Broadband over Power Lines" (broadband access over power lines coming into the home). Here's the quote; it seems to indicate both types are covered:
"Starting this October, high-speed Internet access will be available to homes and offices through the nation's power lines. The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) announced Tuesday that the lightening of regulations would allow the broadband Internet to be accessed through electric power lines, without having to install a separate device."

"Power Line Communication (PLC) is a technology that enables homes to exchange data through power lines, and connects electronic devices such as refrigerators, televisions and personal computers to the Internet without the need to install extra equipment. Until now, the MIC has required individual authorization for connecting to the Internet through power lines for fear of interference of electric waves from other electronic devices. However, the MIC replied 'We have decided to ease regulations on PLC for the technological development of home networking.'"

Update: a second article confirms that the Ministry is seeking to encourage access BPL in remote areas


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