The US National Telecommunications and Information Administration has released its report on Broadband over Powerlines (BPL). The report comes out in favour of the position adopted by the international broadcasters and the North American Shortwave Association, representing shortwave listeners. The report says:
“HF radio is a very practical means of communicating directly with the people of other nations because of the extensive availability of inexpensive broadcast receivers. The BBG’s global radio network, the Voice of America (VOA), consists primarily of two powerful HF transmitter sites (located in California and Virginia). [sic. The Greenville site is actually in North Carolina, not Virginia].
“While the intended receivers of the VOA’s transmissions generally are abroad there are numerous broadcasting receivers owned and operated by foreign citizens and government personnel in the United States that could be susceptible to BPL interference because of proximity to power lines. Protecting other administrations’ broadcasting is critical because of reciprocity. The current ITU-R B-03, Seasonal Broadcasting Schedule, shows multiple administrations broadcasting to the United States for every timeframe within a 24-hour period.”
Thanks to Joe Buch and Rich Cuff for drawing our attention to this.