The Boston Globe has a sober view of broadband over power line technology, noting that utility companies??the ones who would actually turn this stuff on??aren't falling over themselves to try it out. Of the nearly 160 investor-owned utilities in the U.S., dozens have tried the technology, and only one has moved ahead with a commercial rollout, the article notes.
Analysts say utility investors are still feeling burned by disastrous forays into telecommunications in the late 1990s, and aren't eager to see the experience repeated.