SPOTLIGHT: Broadband over Powerline

While telecom insiders and government regulators are enamored of Broadband over Power Lines (BPL), many technologists say its a technology whose time has come and gone. Making BPL look siginificantly less attractive now are the following factors: transporting broadband from the powerline transport network to homes, especially in rural areas, is actually not much cheaper than from cable or DSL; DSL and cable are both cheaper now than in the late 1990s; and the rise of broadband wireless technologies like WiMax and municipal WiFi. Article