[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
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.
More information about the RFI