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Even With Wi-Fi Interference, Meter Opt Out Not Popular: Maine’s Office of the Public Advocate, which sports a...

Even With Wi-Fi Interference, Meter Opt Out Not Popular: Maine’s Office of the Public Advocate, which sports a...

Maine’s Office of the Public Advocate, which sports an angry lobster clutching a cell phone as its website mascot, is troubled by the Wi-Fi interference issues that have been reported by customers with smart meters installed by Central Maine Power . The issue, according to Public Advocate Richard Davies, is that the problem may be more widespread than the 250 customers who have called in to the utility. For most people, complaints have centered on interference with portable phones and Wi-Fi routers that operate on the same 2.4 GHz frequency band as the meters. The complaints are 0.055 percent of the approximately 450,000 customers that have received the new meters. “For the most part, we can solve the problem over the phone,” said John Carroll, spokesman for Central Maine Power. The utility has brought in a team of consultants with radio frequency interference backgrounds ...

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