Powerlint Network Technology (PLT /PLA Report by BIS referred to in Ofcom / PA Consulting Minutes

John Petters made this Freedom of Information request to Office of Communications

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The request was partially successful.

Dear Office of Communications,
The Minutes of a meeting between Ofcom and PA consulting on 13th August 2009 contain the following;
“indicated that BIS had measured emissions from 25 PLT
devices and offered to provide this report to PA to consider in the
Action: [] s.40 to provide BIS report detailing PLT testing
Action: PA to provide a request to Ofcom listing documents and
contact details that would be of assistance to the study”
Under the Freedom of information Act and Environmental Regulations 2004 please provide a copy of this report and all other associated documents.

Yours faithfully,

John Petters

Dear Office of Communications,

Where is this report?
You are again out of time.
When will Ofcom officers start obeying the law of the land?
Please supply the information requested immediately

Yours faithfully,

John Petters

Information Requests, Office of Communications

Reference: 1-176038788

Dear Mr Petters

Thank you for your request for information which Ofcom received on 26 April 2011. We are considering this request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (‘EIR’). I am writing to you that the time limit for responding to your request for information needs to be extended. It is occasionally necessary to extend the 20 working day time limit to 40 working days in accordance with section 7 of EIR.

We will respond no later than 24 June 2011.

Yours sincerely

Eleanor Berg

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Caroline Sims, Office of Communications

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Dear Mr Petters, please find attached a letter from Graham Howell in
response to your request for information.

Yours sincerely
Caroline Sims

:: Caroline Sims
PA to Graham Howell
020 7981 3561
[email address]
:: Ofcom
Riverside House
2a Southwark Bridge Road
London SE1 9HA
020 7981 3000

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P Stevens left an annotation ()

"It seems to me that the issue that is causing you concern is more a matter of legal interpretation than information supply".

That may be how it seems to Mr Howell, but it isn't. It's about why Ofcom comissioned an independent test and report on powerline adapters, then, when it was clear they failed emissions limits miserably and dramatically, they decided to hush the report up and let the damn things onto the shelves anyway, and worse, to let BT roll them out as part of its BT Vision package.

Even if it is a matter of 'legal interpretation' rather than clearly flouting the law, the FOI request is still valid and denying the request flies in the face of all that the FOI act stands for. If Mr Howell is right, he has nothing to lose by releasing the requested information because the ambiguity would be plain for all to see. There IS no ambiguity, EM5022 covers powerline networking adapters, and they're in breach. Decisively, absolutely and completely. BAN THEM. Do the job we pay Ofcom to do.

This 'dealing with interference on a case-by-case basis' thing of theirs would be better (although still stupidly flawed and largely useless in practice) if they didn't turn up to investigate the loss of radio reception only to inform the victim that there's nothing they can do unless the owner wants to stop using them.

It's a sham, we stakeholders aren't having it, and this sure isn't going away. It's only just started.