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Report: BPL ready for prime time

Thu, 02/24/2005 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Despite lingering questions about the technology, broadband over powerline (BPL) is poised for some serious growth this year and beyond, so says the New Millennium Research Council (NMRC).

The NMRC backed up that claim by pointing out that more than 20 BPL projects were active last year, with more expected to power up in 2005. The Council estimates that about 250,000 U.S. homes had access to BPL services in 2004.

"During the past two years, the commercial and media perspectives on BPL in the United States have evolved from categorizing the technology as 'almost ready' to 'really here'," the NMRC claimed in a new white paper on the subject.

In addition to questions about interference in the ultra-noise powerline environment, there are still questions about whether BPL technology can produce higher data rates than cable or DSL without properly "conditioning" the power system.

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