FCC to clarify Broadband over powerlines this week

By Justin Mann on October 31, 2006, 7:01 PM
Despite the seemingly ubiquitous nature of broadband services in the United States, the truth is that a majority of rural areas lack access to DSL or Cable services, and often times even wireless services. People living in these regions are forced to cope with expensive and latency-heavy satellite services or use dialup. One technology that seeks to reach that market is Broadband Over Power lines (BPL). Coming this week, the FCC is looking to clarify the regulations that will cover this technology, helping manufacturers and ISPs prepare to offer these types of services.

Originally not a feasible technology for various reasons, the past few years have seen devices and technologies that make it possible and affordable. Ultimately, it could lead to easier broadband Internet access to anyone who has a powerline near their home, which is common all over the world.

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