The Australian Communications Authority (ACA) has called for public comment on possible ways to manage interference from Broadband over Power Line (BPL) communications. BPL communications is an emerging technique that uses electricity networks to transmit data, voice and video. Releasing a discussion paper on the issue, ACA Acting Chairman Dr Bob Horton said the challenge for the ACA was to establish arrangements that did not unnecessarily inhibit BPL deployments but protected radiocommunications services from unacceptable interference.
“The paper contains a range of options that could be used to manage interference from BPL systems and will assist interested parties in preparing their submissions,Ã¢â‚¬ Dr Horton said. “Using the electricity network to carry BPL signals will result in leakage of radiofrequency emission into the surrounding environment. This could interfere with radiocommunications services. Interference could potentially affect defence operations, shortwave broadcasting, maritime and aeronautical communications, radio astronomy, amateur radio and numerous short range applications.”
Dr Horton said submissions and comments on the options in the discussion paper would assist the ACA to develop arrangements to manage interference from BPL communications systems. The deadline for written submissions on the discussion paper is Friday 24 June. They should be sent to:
Manager BPL Project Team
Australian Communications Authority
PO Box 78
BELCONNEN ACT 2616