BPL Order Reconsiderations

Date: Feb 10, 2005

Petitions for Reconsideration of the FCC's October 28, 2004 Broadband over Power Line ("BPL") Report and Order were due Monday, February 7, 2005. Advocates for the BPL industry -- including the United Power Line Council and certain equipment manufacturers -- challenged the FCC's rule requiring BPL operators to post information on a publicly accessible BPL database within 30 days prior to the initiation of service and have asked the FCC to extend the transition period during which BPL equipment must be brought into compliance with the new rules. The American Petroleum Institute urged the Commission to treat critical infrastructure industry licensees similar to public safety licensees for the purpose of protecting such licensees from harmful interference from BPL systems. Aeronautical Radio, Inc. (ARINC), among other things, urged certain modifications to the FCC's interference mitigation requirements for BPL systems and the BPL emission measurement procedures. Additionally, individual amateur radio operators and other representatives of amateur users submitted more broad-based challenges to the FCC's BPL rules.

If you have any questions or comments about these petitions, please contact Tom Magee at 202-434-4128 or magee@khlaw.com.