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FCC Chairman to Attend BPL Demo in Manassas, Va.

Two chief regulators will attend a demonstration of Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) technology, Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 9:30 a.m.

FCC Chairman Michael Powell and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Pat Wood, III will view first-hand the BPL services offered by the City of Manassas, Va.
Manassas is one the first cities to offer high-speed Internet service over power lines.

There is concern in the broadcast community about interference from BPL, and the difficulties of getting it mitigated. Industry experts have said that while the law enjoins BPL providers from interfering with TV signals, enforcement has been lacking.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Manassas Public Works building, 8500 Public Works Drive, Manassas, Va., and last approximately 90 minutes. The two chairmen will see the capabilities of BPL for Internet service, VoIP and utility and public works functions.

Directions to the Manassas Public Works Building can be obtained by contacting Meribeth McCarrick at the FCC at 202-418-0654 or