FCC classifies BPL as “info service”

The Federal Communications Commission on Friday gave a big boost to Broadband over Powerline (BPL), classifying the technology as an “information service.” The declaration places BPL-enabled access services on equal footing with cable modem and DSL Internet access services. The FCC has campaigned for BPL approval for years, although ham radio operators have long complained that BPL would interfere with its service. By ruling BPL service’s transmission component is “telecommunications,” and an “information service,” BPL will find it easier to deploy beyond the handful of networks that are currently scattered around the country, mostly in the Northeast.

Read the FCC’s announcement from the Tech Web and commentary from Ars.  Contribute to the “BPL” entry at the Whats New Media Wiki.  Previously from WNM: First phone, then cable, now “Net over power lines”

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