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Author Topic: Informative Non-partisan BPL paper  (Read 413 times)
WA4CUA
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« on: June 30, 2005, 09:50:51 AM »

For those interested in the subject:

http://www.naruc.org/associations/1773/files/bplreport_0205.pdf


Touted as a "new report released" here:

http://www.naruc.org/
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KG4RUL
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2005, 04:55:01 AM »

BPL was originally touted as an economically viable means to provide high speed service to rural areas.  In fact, this is totally impractical, from an economic standpoint.

Consider the fact that you must bring the high speed backbone to within a mile of the end user.  This means fiber optic cable being run for miles to service the needs of very few users.  Then, once the BPL signal is injected onto the power lines, repeaters are necessary at potentially as small as 1000 foot intervals.  Then, in the rural setting, each user may require an extractor.  

A LOT of equipment to service a very few users.  If this model was viable at all, there would already be rurla service using existing technologies.

To bolster this argument, are any of you aware of ANY rural test sites?  Right, the whole purpose of BPL is to provide a service that totally overlaps exising urban systems and provide a new revenue stream for power utilities.

It is not needed in urban areas and is not being tested in rural areas.  Where does BPL fit? NOWHERE!

Dennnis KG4RUL
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AA4PB
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2005, 11:28:08 AM »

From a techical (not political) standpoint it would only make sense to bring fiber into each home. One fiber could provide telephone, TV and Internet services. It is not succeptible to RFI or lightning.

I wonder how BPL is ever going to work in the presence of all the arcing insulators and other RFI generators along the power lines. The power companies are not able to keep up with the maintenance now. I have a pole now that is so bad that the RFI gets into the cable TV. It reads full scale on the MFJ noise analyzer. I know where it is because a tap of the pole with the palm of my hand will make the noise come and go.
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