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Mar 19, 2006 11:09 pm

Yes, its true. I need a “Devil’s Advocate”. I’m doing some research in the

subject since I see that the Broadband Holders (BDH) has been en fuego


So far, I’ve uncovered that both Google and Goldman Sachs (a.k.a. “smart

money”) have invested over $100 million in this project. Utility company

Cinergy (CIN) has customers already using the service.

"Cinergy Broadband, a subsidiary of Cinergy, has partnered with Current

Communications Group to offer broadband over power line (BPL) services

to residential electric customers (through Current Communications), and

to municipal and electric co-operative utility markets (through ACcess

Broadband). With BPL technology, customers can receive high-speed

Internet access (3x faster than DSL) by plugging a small modem into

virtually any electrical outlet in their home."

Existing electricity utility infrastructure would not need extensive

modifications to support BPL and in some cases it may not need any

modification at all. BPL has not yet attained wide deployments in the U.S.,

but other countries have attempted to deploy it with varying results.

Maybe someone knows of a pure play for this theme. I know that Cisco

and NetGear are involved. Thanks,


Mar 20, 2006 6:16 am

Jabil Circuit is an OEM for devices like this.  Cisco is their
largest client.  I know a majority of their business is printed
circuit boards.  Their symbol is JBL.  They are not a pure
play for electrical broadband, but their parts are in Cisco routers ( I
am sure they deal with other router makers ), but I can see cisco
selling more routers if electrical broadband catches on.  I have
heard for a year or so that braodband internet through powerlines was
the next big thing.  I am sure that some of JBL’s parts would be
going into the modems you are talking about.  IMO they are the
industry leader of printed circuit boards, but not a pure play for

Mar 20, 2006 9:03 am

The idea has been around for some time.  I first read about it in 2000.  The problem to implimentation then was they had to “jump” the transformer to get the signal from the high voltage lines down to the household lines.  Which required a “truck roll” to set up 10 or so houses.

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