25 Feb 2005
By Margie Wylie c.2005 Newhouse News Service - In tests across the country, computers are drawing more than current from electrical outlets. They're also pulling in high-speed Internet access — using a technology dubbed broadband over power lines, or BPL.
Since nearly every home in the United States is connected to the electrical grid, backers say BPL is a perfect way to bridge that economically problematic “last mile” of service, even in rural areas where dial-up is now the norm. BPL also promises to smarten up electrical networks, saving ratepayers money and helping to prevent outages.
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