The IEEE P1901 Working Group has developed more than 400 requirements for the standard and issued a June 4 deadline for proposals, with the goal of a draft global standard in 2008. After that, companies would have a master plan for manufacturing components and systems to develop the BPL industry. --W. David Gardner, email@example.com
IEEE Gives BPL a Needed Jolt
The much-delayed rollout of broadband-over-powerline technology has received a boost from the IEEE, which announced it has formed a working group to develop requirements for a baseline BPL standard. Sending data transmissions over electrical wiring has been promoted as "the next big thing" for decades. Advocates say it will provide competition for cable and telecom companies.