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BPL update from the Commercial Broadcast Market

A number of -bb subscribers have ask that I keep everyone up to date on the
actions of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Maximum
Service Television Association regarding any policy statements or FCC
filings regarding BPL. Well, the NAB & MSTV have concluded that the BPL
technology could be a threat to the low-band VHF TV stations. This is good
news for the ham community. When the NAB & MSTV gets hot under the collar
about such an issue, they speak with a very big voice. Their release is
below with full detail as a link.
I'll stay on the issue.
Gunther Meisse

NAB and MSTV File Reply Comments on Broadband Over Power Lines (BPL)

On August 20, 2003 NAB together with MSTV filed Reply Comments in ET docket
03-104 which is a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking public comment on using
existing electrical power lines to provide Internet and broadband data
services to homes and offices. BPL technology places modulated signals onto
local power lines for the purpose of providing broadband Internet service to
consumers. This technology uses hi-order modulation systems like OFDM and
could operate on frequencies as high as 80 MHz.

After reviewing the comments filed by other parties (submitted on July 7)
NAB and MSTV told the Commission that even some of the BPL technology
proponents acknowledge there is a serious potential for BPL to interfere
with the reception of VHF television and other licensed services. Also, we
pointed out that there is very little test data that has been submitted to
the FCC and that they should collect more interference data before going any
further with this matter. A copy of the NAB/MSTV Reply Comments can be found
on the FCC Web site at:

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