Pittsburgh Area BPL Trial On Tap

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Newly-formed Duquesne Broadband will begin a trial of wireless BPL services on August 8th in Monroeville.

High-speed Internet access delivered via electric lines gets another venue for testing next month. BPL Global and DQE Communications have formed a joint venture called Duquesne Broadband and have begun pre-registering customers interested in broadband over power line (BPL).

“We’ve combined affordable, fast and reliable broadband into a wireless service to the home,” Mark Rupnik, vice president of DQE Communications, said in a statement. “Our broadband service is 50 times faster than dial-up at a much lower cost than cable, all with the convenience of wireless access.”

The Monroeville test follows a wired one that IBM has started in Houston, as well as the commercially-available BPL service offered by Cinergy and Current Communications in parts of Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. Also, California’s three major utilities have been expected to begin their own tests of BPL.

But the Monroeville test will offer customers BPL connections over wireless networking. Though the broadband signal will be delivered over power lines, wireless transmitters provided by Amperion will deliver the “last mile” connection to residences.

Services offered along with unlimited Internet will be multiple email accounts, spam and antivirus protection, and parental controls. The venture plans to expand its offering to other counties with sufficient customer demand.

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.

Pittsburgh Area BPL Trial On Tap
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