May 4, 2006 9:21 AM PDT

EarthLink, GE fund broadband over power line provider

Current Communications Group, which has developed technology to provide high-speed Internet access over power lines, announced Thursday that it has secured another $130 million in financing from investors including General Electric and EarthLink.

Current is already offering broadband over power line service to consumers in Cincinnati, and will soon offer a similar service in Texas. Previous investors in the company include Google and the Goldman Sachs Group.

For years, people have hoped broadband over power line technology, or BPL, would allow power companies to become the third alternative in the broadband market, competing against cable operators and telephone companies. But technical limitations and interference issues with local emergency radios and short-wave HAM radios have stood in the way of mass adoption.

In recent years, new modulation techniques supported by other technological advances have helped BPL evolve. Most services today are capable of delivering between 512Kbps and 3Mbps of throughput, which is comparable to most DSL offerings.

It's little surprise that companies such as Google and EarthLink are interested in BPL. EarthLink, which doesn't own any of its own DSL or cable infrastructure, is determined to find new ways to reach customers without depending on the cable and telephone companies to provide access.

As a result, the company has been building citywide Wi-Fi networks around the country. It has also conducted BPL trials and experiments with several power companies including Duke Power in Charlotte, N.C., Progress Energy in Raleigh, N.C., and Consolidated Edison in New York.

In addition to investing in Current, EarthLink will also serve as a retail provider of its broadband service.

"Current BPL gives us another viable alternative to the broadband services we now provide," Garry Betty, EarthLink's chief executive, said in a statement.

While Google doesn't compete directly against phone or cable companies today, it might in the future as it rolls out video and voice services. Finding alternative access to consumers could also become important for Google as phone companies threaten to eliminate Net neutrality principles. Phone companies say they may want to charge extra fees for delivering certain content, such as video, over their broadband networks.

Google has already built a long-haul fiber network to connect its data centers, essentially eliminating the need in some parts of the country to buy those links from telephone companies. Like EarthLink, Google is also getting into the citywide Wi-Fi business. In fact, the two companies are partnering to provide Wi-Fi to the city of San Francisco.

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10 Mbps Symmetrical upload/download BPL speed for TXU ~~~
Everyone will love this !!!

"Upload and download access at the same high speed, well suited
to the ongoing mass market adoption of photo and video sharing
services, interactive gaming and online storage services

-- Symmetrical connection of up to 10 Mbps in TXU deployment"

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South Africa: 30 Mbps Broadband over Power Lines Deployed- IPTV next !!!
South Africa: 30 Mbps Broadband over Power Lines Deployed- IPTV next !!!

Powerline Deployed in South Africa And Uganda - IP-TV Trial This Autumn
Balancing Act (London)
NEWS
July 17, 2006
Posted to the web July 17, 2006

By Russell Southwood
London

Powerline technology has always seemed to promise much but never seem to quite come to the boil. But Goal Technology Solutions (known as GTS) has rolled out operational 30 meg connections in South Africa and is currently deploying in Uganda for UTL. And come October this year it will be trialling IP-TV. Russell Southwood spoke to its CEO Adrian Maguire about why it had succeeded where others have failed.

more:

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U.S. Patent approves Ambient Corp.`s patent for Inductive coupler for BPL
FYI: <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://broadbandoverpowerlines.blogspot.com/2006/04/us-patent-and-trademark-office.html" target="_newWindow">http://broadbandoverpowerlines.blogspot.com/2006/04/us-patent-and-trademark-office.html</a>


United States Patent Application 20060087382
Kind Code A1
Cern; Yehuda
April 27, 2006

Abstract

There is provided an inductive coupler for coupling a data signal to a power line. The inductive coupler includes a split magnetic core having an aperture formed by an upper magnetic core and a lower magnetic core. The aperture permits the power line to pass therethrough as a primary winding, the upper magnetic core is for making electrical contact with an outer surface of the power line, and the lower magnetic core makes electrical contact with the upper magnetic core.

more... new AMBIENT BPL patent: Filter for segmenting power lines for communications

United States Patent 7,005,943
February 28, 2006
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PHILIPPINES for BROADBAND Internet over ELECTRIC POWER LINES Nationwide
Venture formed to spark ‘rural revolution’
By Donna G. Brazas
Monday, May 08, 2006

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this year for BPL
<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.publicradio.org/tools/media/player/marketplace/morning_report/2006/05/11_mktmorn0550?" target="_newWindow">http://www.publicradio.org/tools/media/player/marketplace/morning_report/2006/05/11_mktmorn0550?</a>
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Philippines getting serious for BROADBAND over Power Lines
Philippines ELECTRIC CO-OPERATIVES are getting serious on rolling out 200 Mbps BROADBAND over Power Lines technology Nationwide !!!

Nextream president Ty Javellana (right) firms up the agreement with the electric cooperatives led by Francisco Diza of Tarlac Electric Co-op , with Nextream's Earl Burrows and Pedro Dumol as witnesses.
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Power co-ops agree to bring Internet to the countryside
Wednesday, May 17, 2006

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY?A fast-rising technology corporation based in Hallandale, Florida has clinched six joint venture agreements and eight memoranda of agreement with electric cooperatives in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao for the use of “broadband over power lines” system that will connect rural folk to a wide-range of education, connectivity and information through the use of Internet, telephone, on-demand cable TV right in their households.

The formal signing was held at the Grand Caprice Convention Center last May 10 coinciding with the electric cooperatives’ national conference on power distribution, management reforms and recognition. The four-day event was attended by Albay 3rd District Rep. and House committee Chairman on appropriations Joey Salceda, former Finance secretary now Institute of Corporate Directors chairman Jesus Estanislao, presidential adviser on rural electrification Fr. Larry Silva, National Electrification Administration administrator Edita Bueno, and former National Electrification chief now Nextream chairman Gen. Pedro Dumol who joined more than 700 co-op officers from all over the country.

Signing the joint venture and memoranda of agreement were Nextream president and chief executive officer Ty Javellana who was assisted by the firm’s chief finance officer Gary Cede?o, chief technical officer Ronald Fesalbon and advisor Earl Burrows.

Among the eight electric cooperatives represented by its respective president and general manager which signed the agreements with Nextream were: Cagayan I Electric Cooperative with president Lope Mallillim and general manager Tito Lingan; Ilocos Norte Electric Co-op with president Lorenzo Rey Ruiz and general manager Romillas Pascual; Misamis Oriental Electric Co-op with president Pedrito Baculio and general manager Julie Real; Bohol I Electric Co-op with president Jeremias Boligao and general manager Carlos Itable; Tarlac I Electric Co-op with president Francisco Diza and general manager Resurrecion Coronel; Tarlac II Electric Co-op with president Orlando Masibay and general manager Amelia Tioaquen; Lanao Norte Electric Co-op with president Gregorio Tan and general manager Resnol Torres and Davao Sur Electric Co-op with president, Artemio Tajon and general manager Jesus dela Victoria. Last February, Nextream signed a joint venture agreement with the Peninsula Electric Cooperative general manager Loreto Marcelino for its maiden broadband over power lines venture that is expected to wire 120,000 consumers in the next five years.

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