Just a few years ago, technical constraints made it difficult to design equipment for the upper reaches of the millimeter wave bands. Since then, a corps of clever engineers have overcome the problems and applications have proliferated.… Continue Reading
You have to admire their persistence. The amateur radio association has yet again challenged the FCC's rules for Broadband-over-Power-Line, just as it has at every opportunity since 2003.… Continue Reading
The day the D.C. Circuit decided ARRL v. FCC (the broadband-over-power-line case), I posted a brief summary of the decision.
The following is a more complete account, including background on past disagreements between the unlicensed-device industries and the amateur radio community.
On April 25, an appeals court sent parts of the Broadband-over-Power-Line (BPL) rules back to the FCC for a second look. The challenged rules remain in force in the meantime.
So-called Access BPL, the form at issue here, is a technology for delivering broadband, including high-speed Internet, to homes and businesses over the electrical power lines. (Another kind,
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, responding to an appeal brought by the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), today sent parts of the Broadband-over-Power-Line (BPL) Rules back to
the FCC for a second look. The challenged rules remain in force in the meantime.
The court was unhappy with two aspects of the FCC's decision-making process.
First: Among the many technical studies that played a part in the proceeding were five performed by the FCC itself. The FCC placed these in the public docket, but redacted some passages
that it said were "preliminary or partial results ...… Continue Reading