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Tuesday, March 02, 2004


Ohio, Kentucky: Cinergy plans major BPL deployment in Cincinnati area

Cinergy announced today a major deployment of BPL in the Cincinnati area using equipment Current Technologies. Cinergy also said they had made a major additional investment in Current Communications, the parent of Current Technologies.
"Cinergy Broadband, LLC, a subsidiary of Cinergy Corp. (NYSE:CIN), and Current Communications Group, LLC announced today they are beginning to offer broadband over power line (BPL) services in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area. A subsequent expansion is planned for Northern Kentucky and Indiana. Cinergy Broadband and Current have formed a joint venture that will roll out broadband services under the brand Current Communications(TM). Initially, these services will consist of high-speed internet and will eventually be bundled with voice over IP (VoIP). Current will manage the venture, which will build and operate the BPL network and provide marketing, customer support and back office functionality. The BPL network will be deployed on electric distribution infrastructure using proven, proprietary BPL equipment and technology from Current's subsidiary, Current Technologies, LLC."

The Wall Street Journal has a long article on the technology and the players (a paid subscription is required, however). The Cincinnati Enquirer also has an article on the project.

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CNET/MSNBC, XCHANGE,, Network World Fusion (IDG News).


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