No Complaints from Hams reg BPL?

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  1. K7CF

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    Here is an interesting quote:

    Mollenkopf added that ham-radio interference remains a potential problem in BPL systems, but "the existence of tens of thousands of deployed systems without complaints from amateur radio serves as proof that we can do this."

    EE Times: Latest News
    Updated: HomePlug alliance vies with IEEE over powerline spec

    Loring Wirbel

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    EE Times
    (08/23/2005 7:32 PM EDT)

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The HomePlug Powerline Alliance will announce at the Intel Developers Forum on Wednesday (Aug. 24) the restructuring of its standards effort to create an Implementers' Forum Board of Directors.

    Full article:

    Jim Mollenkopf, vice president of products and architecture at Current Communications Group, serves as the co-chairman of the IEEE P1901 PHY/MAC Working Group

    Mollenkopf added that ham-radio interference remains a potential problem in BPL systems, but "the existence of tens of thousands of deployed systems without complaints from amateur radio serves as proof that we can do this."


    Investments Advance BPL's Dual Purpose - Bringing Consumers an Alternative Outlet for Voice, Video, and Data Services and Enhancing the Reliability of Critical Electric Utility Infrastructure
    GERMANTOWN, Md., Jul 7, 2005 -- CURRENT Communications Group, LLC, the nation's leading integrated Broadband over Power Line (BPL) service provider, today announced strategic investments from Goldman, Sachs & Co., a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm; Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG), developer of the award-winning Google search engine; and The Hearst Corporation, one of the nation's largest diversified communications companies.

    The financing also included additional investments from two of CURRENT's existing investors, EnerTech Capital and CURRENT's principal stakeholder, Liberty Associated Partners, LP, an investment partnership between Liberty Media Corporation (NYSE: L, LMC.B) and the Berkman Family.

    "These investments provide us with both capital and operating assistance as we continue to roll out Broadband-over-Power Line services to provide voice, video and data services," said William Berkman, Chairman of CURRENT Communications Group. "With roughly two-thirds of the nation still without broadband and many utilities looking for means to upgrade their distribution networks, the acceleration of CURRENT's build-out is a clear win-win for consumers."

    BPL technology enables the delivery of high-speed, two-way broadband through electrical outlets in homes and offices. It needs no special equipment in the home or office and transforms existing electrical wiring into a secure broadband network.

    The additional financing will be used to expand CURRENT™ BPL deployments in both U.S. and international markets. Specific financial terms were not disclosed.

    CURRENT Communications Group

    CURRENT Communications Group, LLC is the nation's premier BPL service provider, offering broadband services to residential and business customers. Based in Germantown, Maryland, CURRENT is a privately held company. Through its two subsidiaries - CURRENT Communications and CURRENT Technologies - CURRENT develops, builds and provides innovative technology and services for delivering integrated broadband and utility services domestically and internationally. Through a joint venture with Cinergy Corp. (NYSE: CIN), CURRENT is providing broadband services, including full Quality-of-Service-enabled Voice over IP telephone, to homes and small businesses within Cinergy's operating territory.

    CURRENT™ BPL today provides Double Duty™ benefits: broadband access as well as a comprehensive suite of utility solutions that improve the intelligence, security, reliability and efficiency of the utility's electrical distribution network. CURRENT BPL systems integrate and administer these applications over a single broadband communications platform with significant real-time capacity and embedded network-computing power.

    Additional information about CURRENT is available at,, and

    Press Inquiries: Qorvis Communications, LLC. Brian Lustig, 703-744-7826

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