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Proceedings and Initiatives


Access Broadband over Power Line Systems
In February 2004, as part of its ongoing effort to promote access to broadband services for all Americans and to encourage new facilities-based broadband platforms, the Commission proposed changes to certain technical rules that will foster broadband deployment using the significantly untapped capabilities of the nation's power grid, while safeguarding existing services against harmful interference. The Part 15 rule changes, proposed in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice), set forth procedures to measure the radiofrequency (RF) energy emitted by equipment used to provide broadband service over power lines and establish particularized interference mitigation requirements. By facilitating access to broadband over power lines (BPL), the Commission takes an important step toward increasing the availability of broadband in rural and underserved areas because power lines reach virtually every home and community in the country. In areas in which consumers already have broadband access, BPL enhances competition by providing another broadband alternative. These proposed changes will also facilitate the ability of electric utilities to dynamically manage the power grid itself, increasing network reliability.

Releases

10/13/2005
PUBLIC NOTICE
Office of Engineering and Technology Announces that United Telecom Council will Serve as Database Manager of Access Broadband Over Power Line Systems and Sets Deadline for Information Submission.
6/9/2005
PUBLIC NOTICE
Office of Engineering and Technology Seeks Comment on United Telecom Council's Proposal to Serve as Database Manager for Access Broadband Over Power Line Systems.
1/5/2005
PUBLIC NOTICE
Public Notice of the Office of Engineering and Technology's Submission of a Supplement to ET Docket 04-37.
11/12/2004
ERRATUM
Erratum to October 28, 2004 Report and Order.
10/28/2004
REPORT AND ORDER
In the Order the Commission Adopts New Ruls for Access Broadband Over Power Line (BPL) Systems which Provede Access to High Speed Broadband Services Using Electric Utitity Companies Power Lines.
5/27/2004
ORDER
Carrier Current Systems, Including Broadband over Power Line Systems, Amendment of Part 15 Regarding New Requirements and Measurement Guidelines for Access. Order Granting Extension of Time
4/30/2004
ORDER
Carrier Current Systems, Including Broadband over Power Line Systems, Amendment of Part 15 Regarding New Requirements and Measurement Guidelines for Access. Order Denying Extension of Time.
3/23/2004
PUBLIC NOTICE
Amendment of Part 15 Regarding New Requirements and Measurement Guidelines for Access Broadband over Power Line Systems.
2/23/2004
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING
Proposed Amending Part 15 of the Commissions Rules to Adopt New Requirements and Measurement Guidelines for a New Type of Carrier Current System that Provides Access to Broadband Services Using Power Lines.
2/12/2004
NEWS RELEASE AND STATEMENTS
FCC Proposes Rules for Broadband Over Power Lines to Promote Broadband Service to Underserved Areas and Increase Competition.

Last reviewed/updated on 03/06/2008