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Congress has expressed significant interest in increasing the availability of [[broadband]] services throughout the nation. [[Broadband over powerlines]] ([[BPL]]) has the potential to play a significant role in increasing the competitive landscape of the [[communications industry]] as well as extend the reach of [[broadband]] to a greater number of Americans. [[BPL]], like any technology, has its advantages and disadvantages. Proponents state that [[BPL]] is less expensive to [[deploy]] than the [[cable]] and [[telephone]] companies' [[broadband]] offerings; it does not require [[upgrade]]s to the actual [[electric grid]]; and, it is not limited by some technical constraints of its competitors. However, critics are concerned that [[BPL]] [[interfere]]s with licensed [[radio frequencies]] used for amateur radio, government, and emergency response.
 
Congress has expressed significant interest in increasing the availability of [[broadband]] services throughout the nation. [[Broadband over powerlines]] ([[BPL]]) has the potential to play a significant role in increasing the competitive landscape of the [[communications industry]] as well as extend the reach of [[broadband]] to a greater number of Americans. [[BPL]], like any technology, has its advantages and disadvantages. Proponents state that [[BPL]] is less expensive to [[deploy]] than the [[cable]] and [[telephone]] companies' [[broadband]] offerings; it does not require [[upgrade]]s to the actual [[electric grid]]; and, it is not limited by some technical constraints of its competitors. However, critics are concerned that [[BPL]] [[interfere]]s with licensed [[radio frequencies]] used for amateur radio, government, and emergency response.
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Revision as of 04:50, 16 April 2012

Citation

Patricia Moloney Figliola, Broadband over Powerlines: Regulatory and Policy Issues (CRS Report RL32421) (May 13, 2008) (full-text).

Overview

Congress has expressed significant interest in increasing the availability of broadband services throughout the nation. Broadband over powerlines (BPL) has the potential to play a significant role in increasing the competitive landscape of the communications industry as well as extend the reach of broadband to a greater number of Americans. BPL, like any technology, has its advantages and disadvantages. Proponents state that BPL is less expensive to deploy than the cable and telephone companies' broadband offerings; it does not require upgrades to the actual electric grid; and, it is not limited by some technical constraints of its competitors. However, critics are concerned that BPL interferes with licensed radio frequencies used for amateur radio, government, and emergency response.