[RFI] A Serious Threat...PLC

EDWARDS, EDDIE J eedwards at oppd.com
Wed May 14 16:57:18 EDT 2003


Broadband PLC access was a major "theme" at this year's UTC Expo last
week in Houston.  
UTC (United Telecomm Council) is a national association and frequency
coordinator for utilities.
There is a lot of interest in this among utilities for obvious reasons.

Sorry to say, I was there but didn't get to attend any of the sessions
on BPLC since my company sent someone else for those sessions while I
was busy in other sessions.  The guy they sent has zero background in
telecommunications!  Go figure.

 de ed -K0iL

-----Original Message-----
From: WX5L 

A serious situation is upon the amateur radio hobby. 

PLC is short for Power Line Communications, a new way to 
provide broadband internet over existing power lines. It 
has the very real potential to radiate harmful RFI as is 
now seen in Japan where it was recently implemented. 

To add to the concern the FCC has declared PLC as a top 
priority for it's Office of Engineering and Technology 
calling PLC's potential "immense" offering consumers 
access to broadband  services from any room in their home 
by simply plugging an adapter in the nearest wall outlet. 

You can bet PLC advocates will be lobbying the FCC hard so 
in turn amateurs should also be heard making their 
concerns known about radiated RFI. 

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