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FCC Votes to Classify Transmission On Power Lines as 'Information'

Associated Press News Wire (
Sat, 04 Nov 2006 18:52:50 -0600

As most industry watchers expected, American regulators have voted to
classify the transmission of data over power lines as an 'information
service,' allowing providers of this groundbreaking technology to
avoid a number of regulatory constraints traditionally associated with
telecommunications in the U.S.

The United Power Line Council's (UPLC) first filed for FCC
classification almost a year ago, and has since been promoting Broadband
over Power Lines (BPL) as the regulatory equivalent to DSL and cable,
which already qualify for 'information service' exemptions.

As BPL gains widespread among internet users, it is expected to add a
new dimension of competition to the broadband industry, challenging
well-established providers of DSL and cable modem service.

Copyright 2006 Associated Press

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