State regulators are promising a "light touch" on nascent broadband over power line services, according to this article in InfoWorld.
The regulators do raise interesting issues that have rarely come up in federal scrutiny of the technology, however. Most electric utilities have been built with ratepayer money, for instance. The state regulators say they want to see a strong division between the power and data side of the business, to ensure that ratepayers aren't subsidizing money-losing broadband services.
Then there's always the issue of open access. Should any ISP be given access to the lines, or should the power lines be as closed as cable networks.
A "light touch" will really turn into a tricky balancing act, it seems.