A little less noise on shortwave as Manassas VA discontinues Broadband over Powerline.

Posted: 09 Apr 2010   Print   Send a link
"At a Special Meeting on Monday, April 5, the Manassas [Virginia] City Council -- acting on a recommendation from the Manassas Utilities Commission -- unanimously voted to discontinue Broadband over Powerline (BPL) Internet service as of July 1, 2010 to the approximately 520 residents and businesses who currently subscribe to the service... American Radio Relay League CEO David Sumner said the ARRL's concern was with "the interference to licensed radio services -- and in particular the Amateur Radio Service -- inevitably caused by putting radio frequency energy on unshielded, unbalanced conductors. Manassas was touted as 'the most successful BPL deployment in the nation' when FCC Chairman Michael Powell visited the site with much fanfare -- and, the ARRL maintains, in violation of the FCC's own rules -- on the eve of the FCC's vote to adopt inadequate protection for licensed radio services against interference from BPL systems." ARRL, 8 April 2010.
     "The service is about 10 times as fast as dial-up, while most households today have a service that is 50 times as fast as dial-up, officials with the Manassas utilities department said." Jennifer Buske, Washington Post, 8 April 2010.