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Monday, April 05, 2004


Washington Times: "Electric companies begin offering broadband service"

The Washington Times has an overview of BPL (broadband over power lines) this morning. The article primarily discusses the nearby City of Manassas project but also touches on BPL trials elsewhere. Manassas presently has 60 residential subscribers plus a backlog of 1200 more that have signed up for the service, giving the system about 10% penetration when the new subscribers are hooked up. The utility is charging $26.95 per month, which makes the service somewhat cheaper than broadband service offered by local providers Verizon (DSL) and Comcast (cable modem).

The article goes on to note that about 300 homes nationwide are currently paying for BPL service.


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