BPL on Trial

6:00 AM -- At least one service provider is publicly saying that it won't excel with BPL:

ALLENTOWN, PA -- PPL Corporation will end its Lehigh Valley Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) market trial for residential customers on October 31, 2005, the company announced Monday (10/03).

The locations affected by this decision are Emmaus, Whitehall, Upper Macungie, Hanover Township and north Bethlehem. PPL will fulfill its contractual commitments with institutional customers in south Bethlehem and center city Allentown.

"While our market trials indicate that BPL technology is promising, the combination of a competitive marketplace and the need for significant scale has led us to the decision not to proceed as a retail communications service provider," said David Kelley, president - PPL Telcom.

PPL has notified residential market trial customers in those areas of its decision. The company will give those customers a $50 credit to ease the transition to another Internet service provider.

"PPL Telcom will continue with its telecommunications transport business, offering fiber optic capacity to other telecommunications companies and businesses in Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region," Kelley said. PPL Telcom's fiber optic network extends throughout the northeast corridor from New York City to Washington, D.C., to Baltimore and to Philadelphia, as well as into the Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Lancaster and York areas.

Has anyone heard of a BPL success story?

— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading

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