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Wednesday, March 24, 2004

 

"One-third of utilities interested in broadband over power lines (BPL)"

"Since 2000, the percentage of utilities planning or considering using broadband has risen steadily from 6% to 20%, states Chartwell's Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) Report 2004. All told, 33% of electric utilities in 2003 reported using, planning or considering broadband, based on Chartwell's most-recent AMR survey of 100 utilities. In addition, broadband is tied for fourth among AMR technologies planned or considered, not far behind mobile (drive-by) and narrowband powerline carriers (PLC), states the report. 'BPL technologies are certainly hot and drawing interest from a lot of utilities,' said Chartwell senior analyst Garrett Johnston, who spearheaded the research. 'Utilities and vendors have learned a lot from past telecom ventures, and are developing new business models that call for utilities to partner with Internet providers. Still, there are some significant obstacles.'"

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