*** BPL Growing More Popular ***


You know a technology is getting hot when, in the space of a month or so, key players attract investment from the likes of Google, Intel and Motorola. That happened recently with broadband over power line (BPL), yet another contender in the crowded contest of last-mile broadband technologies that includes cable, DSL, fiber and various wireless approaches. As its name indicates, BPL sends megabits per second of data over the lines that deliver electric power from substations to homes and businesses. And according to supporters, it offers advantages that even the famously cautious electric utility industry finds hard to resist.


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