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Slippery Slope

IN CASE YOU HAVENT NOTICED , the telecom industry is sliding down a slippery slope. At the bottom of the slide is a world without common carrier obligations. Its alarmist to think we would ever land there, but recent actions since my last rant on the topic (see March PHONE+) have pushed us ever closer. […]

Power Struggle

RECLASSIFYING BPL AS AN information service as one association is proposing could be the break the access technology needs. BPL has been fighting an uphill battle; most analysts are not bullish on the concept, and providers positions run hot and cold. Along with CURRENT Communications Group LLC, Texas-based TXU Electric Delivery, a subsidiary of TXU […]

PPL Telcom Pulls out of BPL Market

Carriers carrier PPL Telcom is getting out of the broadband over power line (BPL) business, the company announced today. It is ending its market trial for residential customers in Pennsylvanias Lehigh Valley at the end of this month. “While our market trials indicate that BPL technology is promising, the combination of a competitive marketplace and […]

reseller channel: Will BPL, Wireless Save ISPs?

This summer the FCC in a 4-0 vote adopted an order classifying DSL as an information service, not a telecom service, under Title I, in line with the U.S. Supreme Courts decision in June on cable modem service in NCTA v. Brand X. The deregulation effectively releases the Bells from the requirement to make DSL […]

Solutions Providers Are Telcos, Too

Technology advances such as IP, Wi-Fi, WiMAX and broadband over powerline (BPL) can put solutions providers in the telco seat. Now, they can install systems that provide voice, Internet, TV, security and controls to entire buildings and campuses. Its like being a mini telephone company for a corporate office or high-rise apartment building. Find out […]

Texas BPL Bill May Be First of Many

A bill introduced this year at the Texas Legislature could have served as a blueprint for other states aiming to spell out the obligations of utilities delivering high-speed Internet access over the power grid. Designed to encourage broadband service over the power lines, or so-called BPL, the bill introduced by Texas Sen. Troy Fraser passed […]

Telecom Trends: BPL Poised for Rapid Growth as access technology

Broadband over power line (BPL), a technology that uses the electricity power grid to bring broadband signals into buildings, is ready to take off, according to a report from Telecom Trends International Inc. Global revenue will reach $4.4 billion by 2011, says the firm. Telecom Trends says that broadband power line communications is well-positioned to […]

Regulatory Session to Explore UNEs, VoIP, Intercarrier Compensation and BPL

Policy buffs should not miss a half-day seminar Thursday, Feb. 17 exploring three critical developments in Washington related to unbundled network elements, IP voice, intercarrier compensation and BPL. The seminar presented by the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP will partly examine how new federal network unbundling rules will affect competitive carriers. […]

Exercise First-Mile Options Wisely, Panelists Advise

Telecom service providers now have first-mile alternatives to copper-based wireline connections in technologies, such as broadband wireless, fiber, satellite and BPL. Today, a panel of industry experts will discuss the viability of these technologies as well as when and where they might best be used. Roundtable participant Michael Britt, vice president of channel development, Fonix […]

FCC Issues BPL Rules

Companies providing high-speed Internet service over the power lines supported technical rules the FCC released to prevent interference of unlicensed bands with other technologies, saying the regulations remove a layer of uncertainty and don’t present any major hurdles. In short, the FCC designated certain frequencies service providers using broadband over power line (BPL) technology must […]

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