January 17, 2005
BPL Service Regs Take Effect on Feb. 7, 2005
Most provisions of the FCC's Final Rule on Broadband Power Line Systems take effect on February 7, 2005.
Summary of the Final rule. "This document adopts new requirements and measurement guidelines for a new type of carrier current system that provides access to broadband services using electric utility companies’ power lines. This new technology offers the potential for the establishment of a significant new
medium for extending broadband access to American homes and businesses. Given that power lines reach virtually every residence and business in every community and geographic area in this country, Access BPL service could be made available nearly everywhere. This new broadband delivery medium could also serve to introduce additional competition to existing cable, DSL, and other broadband services. We believe these actions will promote the development of BPL systems by removing regulatory uncertainties for BPL operators and equipment manufacturers while ensuring that licensed radio services are protected from harmful interference.
Source: 70 Fed. Reg. 1360 (Jan. 7, 2005).
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