Updated: 11:40 PM EDT: IBEC Responds as well, via comments section.
In the continuing BPL saga in Nelson County, Virginia – Verizon officially responded to NCL’s request for information regarding the status of Verizon finishing their side of the system which will provide internet to the BPL interface that IBEC has installed.
This afternoon we got the following e-mail from Harry Mitchell, Media Affairs for Verizon in Virginia:
From: “Mitchell, Harry J.
Date: October 27, 2008 4:43:48 PM EDT
To: “Tommy Stafford”
Subject: RE: BPL – Verizon Halts activation to IBEC-3
The following captures where we are at this point:
Verizon has worked with broadband-over-powerline providers, including IBEC, to provide connection with them at network interfaces for which there are published IEEE connection standards. In this case, a different network interface has been proposed that we have not worked with before and for which there are no published standards for protecting the telecommunications network from damage possible from direct connection to a power grid. We are evaluating the technology the customer wants to apply, but we have an obligation to protect our network, our employees and others in close proximity from any damaging voltage or current.
I’ve reached out to my Wireless counterpart on your other question.
Harry J Mitchell
Director-Field Media Relations, Mid-Atlantic/South-Central Regions
The additional reference Mr. Mitchell makes about our question is on the wireless side and is not connected with the current situation on BPL. NCL has been told by several property owners that Verizon Wireless has told them, that plans to expand their digital wireless network into Nelson County have been stopped, and they are scrapping plans to build such a network here. However, with the recent proposed merger of Alltel into Verizon Wireless, that would give the company a presence in selected Nelson locations. No official details of abandoning the plan have been released but numerous property owners, some that were already having site work done, tell NCL that’s the word they got from Verizon and / or it’s contractors. That type of system would have given customers another broadband choice using their wireless network for internet.
Ntelos Wireless continues as well, but with some limited opposition in one area just north of Nellysford, Virginia.
More as we know on both fronts.