Internet Over Powerlines Takes Step Forward

Date: 15 Oct 2004 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On October 14, 2004 the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released a joint statement related to new FCC rules to facilitate the widespread adoption of broadband internet access over electric power lines, known as Access BPL [Action by the Commission, October 14, 2004 by Report and Order (FCC 04-245)]. The BPL ruling will not only provide households with another option in broadband internet service but it is expected to lead utilties to provide more efficient management of their power supply system, and ensure increased operational reliability. The new standards will allow some municipally-owned utilities and cooperatives to eventually provide high speed internet access to remote customer who aren’t able to get service at this time.


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John Farrell directs the Energy Democracy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and he develops tools that allow communities to take charge of their energy future, and pursue the maximum economic benefits of the transition to 100% renewable power.