FCC Chairman in Manassas

Fox, Terry tlfox at gannett.com
Fri Oct 8 11:06:32 CDT 2004

FYI... I just saw this.

Date posted: 2004-10-08	
FCC Chairman to Attend BPL Demo in Manassas, Va.
Two chief regulators will attend a demonstration of Broadband over Power
Lines (BPL) technology, Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 9:30 a.m. 
FCC Chairman Michael Powell and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Chairman Pat Wood, III will view first-hand the BPL services offered by
the City of Manassas, Va. 
Manassas is one the first cities to offer high-speed Internet service
over power lines. 
There is concern in the broadcast community about interference from BPL,
and the difficulties of getting it mitigated. Industry experts have said
that while the law enjoins BPL providers from interfering with TV
signals, enforcement has been lacking. 
The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Manassas Public Works building,
8500 Public Works Drive, Manassas, Va., and last approximately 90
minutes. The two chairmen will see the capabilities of BPL for Internet
service, VoIP and utility and public works functions. 
Directions to the Manassas Public Works Building can be obtained by
contacting Meribeth McCarrick at the FCC at 202-418-0654 or
Meribeth.Mccarrick at fcc.gov. 	

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