The BPL problem: Support House resolution 230

Andre Kesteloot andre.kesteloot at
Fri Apr 14 08:06:54 CDT 2006


The ongoing BPL battles in Manassas, Virginia, and Briarcliff Manor, New
York, underscore the need for better FCC rules to protect radiocommunication
systems from BPL interference. House Resolution 230 (H Res 230), introduced
by Rep Mike Ross, WD5DVR, of Arkansas, calls on the FCC to "conduct a full
and complete analysis" of radio interference from BPL, particularly with
regard to public safety radio systems. 

"Members of Congress need to hear constituents' concerns about BPL
interference while they are in their home districts this week and next,"
ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, observed this week. "Rep
Ross has been joined by six co-sponsors, but more support is needed to move
this legislation along." 

H Res 230 recently received a boost when the March issue of NPSTC Spectrum,
the newsletter of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council,
carried an article, "Ham Radio and Public Safety Ask for FCC Reevaluation of
Broadband over Power Lines." The article notes "significantly high levels of
potential interference in the VHF low band 30 to 50 MHz range" in several
test locations.

A sample letter

>> is available for ARRL members to use as a starting point in contacting
their congressional representatives. ARRL members logging onto the
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When writing, please send a copy of your letter to ARRL's Government
Relations firm: Chwat & Company Inc, ATTN: Eric Heis, KI4NFC, 625 Slaters
Ln--Suite 103 Alexandria, VA 22314; Fax 703-684-7594;
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