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Utilities switch on to broadband over powerlines



Broadband over powerlines is allowing utilities to tap existing infrastructure cheaply, fill market gaps in underserved regions and benefit from plummeting equipment costs.


Critics, though, still point to uncertainties about consumer adoption and the viability of the still-emerging broadband alternative.

One of the earliest adopters of broadband over powerlines is the city of Manassas in Virginia, which has signed a deal with local utility Communication Technologies to extend broadband services across the city's powerlines to 15,000 residential and commercial locations for less than $30 (£16) a month.

Communication Technologies vice-president Walter Adams said since the company had begun installing the equipment in September, it had penetrated 10% of the coverage area. Under the deal, the company pays the capital cost of installation and provides customer care and billing support, while the city provides field technicians to install the equipment and 60 miles of fibre optics for the Ethernet-based backbone.

Revenue is shared between the city and the utility and Adams said he anticipated a return on the $1.5m investment within three to seven years.

But other energy executives were sceptical about the financial returns from investing in broadband over powerlines.

Phil Slack of Florida Power & Light said his company had had to replace 2,000 miles of powerlines and 13,000 poles after four hurricanes hit Florida this summer. "There is broadband powerline equipment that you have to add to poles, and you have to factor that into your thinking," he said.

Slack also said above-ground power equipment exposed to saltwater and humidity along the coast was vulnerable to rusting. "We haven't gone to a full-scale market trial yet," he said. "The technology isn't ready yet for Florida, although it's getting close."

Factors that favour the technology include last month's FCC ruling to allow electric utilities to provide broadband over powerline services so long as they adhere to powerline radiation-emission restrictions and follow consistent and repeatable measurement guidelines.

"The FCC has essentially given us the green light to go forward," said Brett Kilbourne of the United Power Line Council, an alliance of electric utilities and technology companies involved in broadband over powerlines. Before the ruling, there were concerns that transmissions would interfere with ham radio and other shortwave radio communications.

Power companies also hope that broadband investments will allow them to support their own applications such as load forecasting, demand management and the ability to predict and correct electrical equipment failures before they occur.

"It's like having a real-time asset management system," said Tim Frost, director of corporate planning at Consolidated Edison, which is about to launch trials of utility applications using broadband services in Manhattan.

Thomas Hoffman writes for Computerworld


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Utilities Switch On Broadband Over Powerlines


Christian Harris digital-lifestyles.info

Broadband over Powerline (BPL) is an emerging technology that may shake up the competitive world of broadband Internet and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. It offers high-speed access to your home through the most unlikely path, a common electrical outlet, allowing you to plug your computer into any electrical outlet in your home and instantly have access to high-speed Internet.

Combining the technological principles of radio, wireless networking and modems, the technology can be used to send data over power lines and into homes at speeds equivalent to DSL and cable. In Singapore, Pacific Internet is one of two ISPs trialling the technology in conjunction with Singapore Power. The Singapore trial is currently sustaining connection speeds of 2.2Mbit/s - faster than Telstra ADSL. Elsewhere in the world, power lines are running at 4.5Mbit/s, and ultimately the technology supports speeds of up to 10Mbit/s. It also allows utilities to tap existing infrastructure cheaply, fill market gaps in underserved regions and benefit from plummeting equipment costs.

For instance, the city of Manassas in Virginia has signed a deal with local utility Communication Technologies to extend broadband services across the city’s powerlines to 15,000 residential and commercial locations for less than $30 (£16) a month. Revenue is then shared between the city and the utility, as long as they adhere to powerline radiation-emission restrictions and follow consistent and repeatable measurement guidelines set out by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

It’s not all been going smoothly for the new technology though. The two test plants near Rochester, NY, both pulled the plug on their setups when the cost analysis came in. There was a major interference issue on BPL also, but the final argument was decided due to the money.





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Broadband is coming to Hawaii.


HECO to experiment with broadband powerline technology

HONOLULU (AP) _ Hawaiian Electric Company says it's planning
to expand and experiment to offer new services through its
power lines, including high speed Internet service.

HECO officials say about 100 homes in Pearl City will test
the new broadband powerline technology next year.

Officials say the technology gives HECO the ability to read
electricity meters remotely and better and more accurately
monitor its network.

HECO spokeswoman Lynne Unemori says the customers selected
for the technology trial won't incur any added charges.



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LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY ISSUES

Congress

1. S88 Broadband Internet Access Act of 2001:

Summary: This bill would provide 10 or 20 percent tax credits for investments infrastructure capable of delivering current or next generation broadband speeds to rural or underserved subscribers. A recent amendment introduced by Sen. Kennedy sets thresholds for current generation speeds at 1 Mbps downstream and 200 Kbps upstream. Other conditions for qualifying apply, including eligibility as a carrier.

Status: The amendment was offered to the Energy Recovery Act, but was NOT included in the law. Sen. Kennedy is considering other communications bills to which the amendment could be offered. During a meeting with Sen. Kennedy's office, staffperson indicated a willingness to include language that would enable PLC providers to take advantage of the credit.

2. H. 267 Broadband Internet Act of 2001 (Companion bill is S88)

Summary: Information to be provided at Board Meeting

3. S150 Broadband Deployment Act of 2001.

Summary: Information to be provided at Board meeting.

4. HR. 1542 Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001

(Tauzin-Dingell):

Summary: This bill would allow the Bell Companies and other ILECs to offer Internet access across LATA boundaries without restrictions that otherwise apply under Section 271 to voice grade services.

Status: The House of Representatives has passed the Tauzin-Dingell bill, and the measure is pending in the Senate, where Sen. Hollings is staunchly opposed to any such relief. However, Sen. Breaux has introduced his own bill, which would give the FCC only enforcement authority to regulate such services without actually prohibiting Bell Companies from offering them.

5. HR 4641 Wireless Technology Investment & Digital Dividends Act 2002.

Summary: Information to be provided at Board meeting.

6. S__. Digital Opportunity Investment Trust Act.

Summary: Information to be provided at Board Meeting.

7. S2430. Broadband Regulatory Parity Act of 2002 (Breaux/Dingell)

Summary: Information to be provided at Board meeting.

8. S2448. Broadband Telecommunications Deployment Act of 2002 (Hollings)

Summary: Information to be provided at Board meeting. <

States

Issues include

1. Affiliate Transactions. States may treat the use of existing power lines to provide communications as a transfer of an asset from the regulated parent to a communications subsidiary. That approach and the specific value assigned to the assets used will significantly impact the business case for deploying PLC. Therefore, the UPLC encourages its members to report developments with respect to asset valuations, particularly regarding PLC.

2. Right-of-way regulations. States have jurisdiction to manage the use of public rights of way in a neutral and nondiscriminatory manner and to recover the costs associated with managing those rights of way. To the extent that state and local regulators impose fees for the use of existing utility ROW for PLC the business case would be significantly impacted. Therefore, the UPLC encourages its members to report developments with respect to franchise and other fees assessed for the use of public ROW, particularly regarding utility communications operations.

3. Health and Safety issues. States have jurisdiction to enforce reasonable health and safety requirements on PLC. Some states have reacted to political pressure by restricting emissions from communications devices that are located in residential environments. To the extent that PLC emissions would be restricted by States it would significantly affect the business case for its deployment. Therefore, the UPLC encourages its members to report developments in this area.

http://uplc.utc.wego.net/?p=9995

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Powerline communication with new features.

We use a new communication technique in the powerline communication field.

It is the "4PSK" which provides many benefits and we use a very simple superimposed circuit to put the small signal into the powerline.

Also we use many interface techniques like the parrallel port, ISA card.

We called this card "plceg" card.

So if you interested to know more please mail us.

En/amr hosni dalla.
Thank you.
Amr Hosni Dalla
mailto:amr_dalla@hotmail.com

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Columbia Institute for Tele-Information

My name is Uriel Cohen, Manager for Technology at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information here at Columbia University in New York. We do research in many different aspects of telecommunications, and we are currently invovled in a project on Power Line Communications.

We would like to publicize our upcoming conference on Power LIne Communications.

It will take place on July 16 on the Columbia Campus.

More information is available at the website, http://www.citi.columbia.edu .

Thanks,
Uriel Cohen
CITI
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