Broadband over power lines

US-based Cinergy Broadband and the Current Communications Group are to offer broadband over power line services in the greater Cincinnati, OH area.

US-based Cinergy Broadband, a subsidiary of Cinergy Corporation, and the Current Communications Group, are to offer broadband over power line (BPL) services in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area. A subsequent expansion is planned for Northern Kentucky and Indiana.

Using the new service, consumers will be able to access the Internet using a special power line modem connected to their computer with a standard Ethernet cord. The modem itself is then simply plugged directly into the power outlet on the wall.

The decision to roll out broadband services follows a trial of the technology with more than 100 residential customers and several business customers in the Hyde Park area of Cincinnati.

Cinergy Broadband and Current have formed a joint venture to roll out the broadband services under the brand Current Communications. Initially, services will consist of high-speed internet and will eventually be bundled with voice over IP (VoIP).

Current Communications will manage the venture, which will build and operate the BPL network and provide marketing, customer support and back office functionality. The BPL network will be deployed on electric distribution infrastructure using BPL equipment and technology from Current’s subsidiary, Current Technologies.