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FCC Part 15 Radio Frequency Devices
Section 15.603

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the authority in the United States of America that creates and enforces the use of airwaves throughout the entire radio frequency spectrum. This group of documents contains the entirety of the FCC Part 15 regulations that concern unlicensed radio frequency devices. As with all government documents, this material is in the public domain and may be freely copied so long as the content is not changed. This copy is provided as a convenience for RF Cafe visitors. 

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[Code of Federal Regulations]
[Title 47, Volume 1]
[Revised as of October 1, 2008]
From the U.S. Government Printing Office via GPO Access
[CITE: 47CFR15.603]

[Page 848]
                       TITLE 47--TELECOMMUNICATION
         Subpart G_Access Broadband Over Power Line (Access BPL)
Sec. 15.603  Definitions.

    (a) Excluded Band: A band of frequencies within which Access BPL 
operations are not permitted.
    (b) Exclusion Zone: A geographical area within which Access BPL 
operations are not permitted in certain frequency bands.
    (c) Consultation. The process of communication between an entity 
operating Access BPL and a licensed public safety or other designated 
point of contact for the purpose of avoiding potential harmful 
    (d) Consultation area: A designated geographical area within which 
consultation with public safety users or other designated point of 
contact is required before an Access BPL may be operated at designated 
    (e) Low Voltage power line. A power line carrying low voltage, e.g., 
240/120 volts from a distribution transformer to a customer's premises.
    (f) Medium Voltage power line. A power line carrying between 1,000 
to 40,000 volts from a power substation to neighborhoods. Medium voltage 
lines may be overhead or underground, depending on the power grid 
network topology.
    (g) Access BPL Database. A database operated by an industry-
sponsored entity, recognized by the Federal Communications Commission 
and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration 
(NTIA), containing information regarding existing and planned Access BPL 
systems, as required in Sec. 15.615(a) of this chapter.

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