And don't forget the local, state, etc. taxes that would be collected!!!!
And as a reminder, of the five FCC commissioners (including the chairman), the
formal education background is three lawyers, and the remaining two have
in - history! Background in anything technical - unknown.
Having to "solve" problems politically rather than on technical merit is
unfortunate but seems to be the predominant method today; even the power grid
problems (from what I have heard) that has (and still is as of this writing)
affected so many is a question of $$$ and politics, not technical solutions.
Tom - WA2BPE
> The FCC isn't the critical party to convince concerning the practicality of
> BPL. The power utilities are the force behind the steamroller. They smell a
> huge cash cow, $40 per month from 50% of the households across America and not
> much of a capital outlay. That's why power companies are laying out millions
> per month in D.C. consultants, lobbyists and F.C.C. lawyers. My local public
> utility district has had a special division handling BPL matters for several
> years, paid for by the ratepayers. Engineering technical arguments have had
> weight in the F.C.C. for at least a decade. Look who the F.C.C. appoints to
> deal with Amateur radio, an attorney. The F.C.C. forced the public safety and
> commercial users on 800 MHz into a financial quagmire and rf interference
> jungle, all to the benefit of one monopolistic corporation.
> We can keep arguing within our hobby/interest group about the technical
> aspects until the h.f. spectrum is filled with BPL woodpecker on Viagra. The
> solution is a political one in Congress.
> Cliff N7HIY
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