Concord BPL Update

powerline transformer pixOn January 10, 2007, we reported that amateurs in Concord, MA and ARRL Headquarters were closely monitoring plans by the Town’s electric utility to implement a Broadband over Power Line (BPL) system in that town [See: BPL System Could Be Deployed In Concord].

It’s been learned that negotiations between Concord Municipal Light Plant and PowerGrid Communications of Meridian, Idaho have hit a snag, according to one official with the town’s utility. He reports that Concord Municipal Light Plant has gone through several iterations with PowerGrid, but they have been unable to come up with a plan that “ends with a positive cash flow.”

At the present time, the utility is exploring the feasibility of installing and operating the system by themselves.

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