UTC studies power line telecom

The United Telecom Council (UTC), formerly the Utilities Telecommunications Council, released a report presenting the results of a study on the viability of power line telecommunications (PLT) in the United States and Canada. It concludes that great opportunities exist for utilities if and when the technology for using existing T&D wires to deliver voice, data and video services is perfected. Key hurdles involve differences between power distribution systems and technological difficulties such as line noise and interference, bypass of distribution transformers, segmentation of feeders and safety and procedural issues. It also concluded that no single optimal PLT design, and different approaches will be necessary for different utilities. Contact: Kathleen Fitzpatrick, UTC`s director of IT, via email at kfitzpat@utc.org.

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