ARRL Shows IBEC's BPL Systems Are Causing Interference (1/10/11)
Monday, January 10, 2011 | Comments

American Radio Relay League (ARRL) filed a complaint with the FCC documenting ongoing harmful interference and egregious rules violations by Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) systems installed by IBEC in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Indiana. The ARRL has requested that the FCC "initiate immediately an enforcement proceeding regarding these BPL systems, and cause them to cease operation until such time as they are each in full compliance with the commission’s rules."

ARRL officials said that IBEC's systems in the locations aren’t universally notching the amateur bands as is necessary in order to avoid emissions at levels that are likely to cause harmful interference to licensed amateur radio stations. Measurements by ARRL staff show that IBEC systems aren’t notching the aeronautical bands that the FCC rules require BPL systems to avoid and are operating at power levels that cause radiation well in excess of the FCC limits.

“The information supplied to the FCC in support of this complaint amply justifies the modifications of the BPL rules urged by ARRL, including the mandatory, full-time notching of all amateur radio allocations by BPL systems,” said ARRL General Counsel Christopher D. Imlay. The rulemaking proceeding was reopened by the FCC as a belated response to an April 2008 order by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which ruled in favor of the ARRL in finding that the FCC had failed to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act and had not provided a reasoned justification for some of its decisions in adopting rules for BPL systems.

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