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Broadband over power lines-BPL : 1) TELKONET -TKO & 2) AMBIE
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The next big thing in Web access: (from MSN)
Bringing broadband over local power lines may be the means by which high-speed Internet access becomes universally available. Here’s what’s involved and how to invest in it.
A few levels down in the capital, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell backs BPL -- not just as an alternate source of broadband but also as a way to keep competition alive in the phone sector. “The FCC is very enthusiastic,” says John Joyce, CEO of BPL equipment maker Ambient (ABTG, news, msgs).

The pure plays on BPL
One problem for investors is that many of the leading companies offering BPL equipment and services are still private -- from Current Technologies and Amperion (which offers the Wi-Fi link up), to in Israel and Design of Systems on Silicon, a Spanish company.

And one of the two companies in the space that are public -- equipment-vendor Ambient -- looks like a bankruptcy risk because it trades for about 25 cents per share.

But Ambient shares may be safer bet than they look. The company has friends in high places. The New York utility Consolidated Edison (ED, news, msgs) has a stake in Ambient, and Con Ed is running BPL trials with the company. Ambient also has a partnership with EarthLink, an Internet service provider. If BPL ever takes off, Ambient shares could get a nice lift.

Next, investors should consider a small company called Telkonet (TKO, news, msgs). Its equipment transmits broadband signals over the electrical wiring in hotels and apartment buildings. The market is big, given that there are 40,000 hotels and 30 million apartment buildings in the country. Telkonet also has potential customers in government and defense, where BPL might be used on Navy vessels and military bases.

Telkonet has alliances with satellite TV provider DirecTV Group (DTV, news, msgs), a big government contractor called Anteon International (ANT, news, msgs) and Leviton Companies, which makes electrical components. It may also team up with power companies and DSL and cable providers that need help distributing broadband signals in buildings.

Headquartered in Annapolis, Md., Telkonet recently signed a small deal with the Army Corps of Engineers, which will use Telkonet gear to help monitor dams. But bigger deals may soon follow. “We are inundated with business opportunities,” says Ron Pickett, Telkonet’s president and chief executive officer. “It is just every day, more and more proposals. The international side of things has been just explosive.”

... a new service is being rolled out that, over time, could dramatically change the economics of broadband Internet and transform what is largely a duopoly between cable and DSL into a competitive market.

The new option: connecting to the Internet through electrical sockets. In this scenario, the home user plugs a specialized modem into the wall socket and is immediately brought online at speeds up to 3 megabits per second, as fast as any broadband service on the market today. Known as "broadband over power lines," or BPL, the service is currently available to 16,000 homes in Cincinnati.

The pure plays on BPL
(Profiles--from Profile on yahoo)

1) Telkonet, Inc.
Telkonet, Inc. develops products for use in the powerline communications (PLC) industry. PLC products use existing electrical wiring in commercial buildings and residences to carry data communications signals including the Internet. Since the Company's formation, it has worked on the development and marketing of its PLC technology. Telkonet's PLC technology, the PlugPlus product suite, consists of three separate components: the Gateway, the Coupler and the iBridge. The Gateway, the hub of the PlugPlus product suite, is a modular self-contained unit that accepts data from an existing network on one port and distributes it via a second port. The signal generated by the Gateway can be directly coupled into low voltage wiring via the Coupler, which interfaces directly between the Gateway and the building's electrical panel. The iBridge serves as the user's network access device and connects to a user's personal computer through a standard Ethernet cable.

2) Ambient Corporation:
Ambient Corporation is a development-stage company engaged in the design, development and marketing of equipment and technologies (the PLC Technologies) designed to utilize existing electrical medium-voltage and low-voltage distribution systems as a medium for the delivery of broadband and other services. The Company's equipment and technologies are in the design, development and field trial testing stage. The PLC Technologies are designed to be used with a commercially deployed power line communications network to enable the delivery of information to a utility's customer at the higher speeds necessary to obtain broadband e-mail and Web browsing services, as well as telephony voice over Internet protocol through modem devices that are plugged into a standard electrical wall outlet without the need for cable, telephone or satellite services.
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131ABTG Directors have made clear they are not interested in the broadband foray, bGuardian-2/20/2009
130That is interesting, but if I were going to play this, I might be more inclined rrufff-2/20/2009
129It appears that the stimulus bill will be a shot in the arm for the BPL industryGlenn Petersen-2/20/2009
128I saw that. IBM is one of the few US companies doing everything right over the rrufff-11/12/2008
127BPL technology, which appears to be perpetually on life support, gets a small shGlenn Petersen-11/12/2008
126Gridline Announces $200 Million Investment $200 million deal cut, Looks like GROLLIN_N_BLING-9/16/2008
125Interesting Glen - I wondered what had happened in this field. I travel yearly rrufff-6/28/2008
124BPL was abandoned as a priority by Con Ed and ABTG over a year ago in favor of gGuardian-5/11/2008
123I have seen no evidence that BPL has gained any real tractions in the marketplacGlenn Petersen-5/11/2008
122Thanks for response----SI is a good source----lots of knowledgable investors herMJ-3/16/2008
121TO MJ-----I just saw your msg to me...the answer is: NO, it is not the same grousiriusaboutthorium-3/16/2008
120Telkonet working with GOCH----Geeks On Call. GOCH went public today on bulletiMJ-2/14/2008
119TKO Meeting tomorrow--11-13/07 Re: TKO meeting Meeting is at a steakhouse, (donsiriusaboutthorium-11/12/2007
118<i>Broadband over power line, or BPL, has been touted for years as a potenGlenn Petersen-10/13/2007
117The "listless" BPL market gets some stimulus from DirecTV: <b>DGlenn Petersen-8/18/2007
116Telkonet and GE Energy Develop Integrated Utility Substation Automation System TPaul Lee-2/6/2007
115<<The results announced by Ambient today are preliminary in nature and as im a survivor-1/28/2007
114Ambient posts almost 900% increase in revenue for the year as Duke steps up withDwayne Hines-1/27/2007
113Glenn et al Take a look at TKO's action and contract's. Contracts witMJ-12/26/2006
112Current Communications has raised another $130 million in venture capital: <Glenn Petersen-7/30/2006
111i heard current was having problems with there spanish chip set OUCHROLLIN_N_BLING-3/8/2006
110tom take a look at worth a look i started up aROLLIN_N_BLING-3/8/2006
109Come on now Space-Cowboy You have to give out better hint's than that. HowJW@KSC-3/7/2006
108Tech101, There's a problem with Roger Cheng's article: He needs to kespace-cowboy-3/7/2006
107TKO - Very quiet here. I took a long position this AM at 3.95. I think this is Tom Rollins-3/6/2006
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