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Monday, November 03, 2003


New York: Penn Yan Municipal Utilities Board conducting BPL trial

Penn Yan's municipal utility is deploying broadband over power line (BPL) on a trial basis:

"Some village residents will be on the cutting edge of technology later this month when a two-month trial of broadband delivery over electric lines begins."

"Data Ventures Inc., headquartered in Largo, Fla., is one of several companies that has developed a version of the technology and will be putting up 100 percent of the capital — or more than $75,000 — to finance a trial-run in Penn Yan. The new technology delivers high-speed Internet access by sending the broadband signal along electric wires and cables."

"DVI Chairman and CEO Marc Burling said Penn Yan, which has its own utility company, was chosen after he met Village Treasurer Dwight Rogers recently and they discussed the technology."

"One of the company’s objectives is to move into rural areas, said Burling, whose brother is Assemblyman Daniel Burling, R-147 of Castile. 'Penn Yan is a very forward-thinking municipality that’s aggressive when it comes to technology,' Burling said. About 20 to 25 homes in the Liberty and Keuka streets area will be involved in the trial run, he said."

DVI is a new name in the powerline broadband market -- I'm unaware of any DVI deployments prior to this one. A Google search on the company's name turned up only 4 hits as of today, none of them seemingly related.



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