FCC Declares BPL an Information Service - TvTechnology

FCC Declares BPL an Information Service

At Friday's open commission meeting, the FCC adopted a Memorandum Opinion and Order (not yet published) that will regulate access broadband-over-power line systems (BPL) as an information service, the same way cable modem and DSL Internet access is regulated. "In reaching these determinations, the commission provides
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At Friday's open commission meeting, the FCC adopted a Memorandum Opinion and Order (not yet published) that will regulate access broadband-over-power line systems (BPL) as an information service, the same way cable modem and DSL Internet access is regulated.

"In reaching these determinations, the commission provides regulatory certainty regarding the classification of this service, thereby encouraging deployment of BPL enabled Internet access to consumers," the commission said.

While it does not appear that this action will change regulations regarding interference from BPL systems it may, as the FCC states, encourage deployment of BPL, thus increasing the potential for interference.