DirecTV to Provide Internet via Power Lines

August 15th, 2007 at 12:00 am

US satellite TV provider DirecTV Group Inc. and Current Group LLC announced a deal Wednesday to offer high-speed internet service over electric power lines.

DirecTV — initially limited to Texas’s Dallas-Fort Worth area — will be able to access the internet by plugging a special broadband over power line modern size of a cellphone into virtually any outlet in their home, the companies said.

Broadband over power technology is capable of faster speeds than some high-speed internet plans offered by cable and phone companies, the company said.

Under the agreement, DirecTV will market a bundled package of Current’s broadband and voice over internet protocol (VOIP) services under the DirecTV brand.

The DirecTV package of television, internet and phone services will be available by early 2008 and be prices to compete against comparable services by phone companies, DirecTV said.

–via Newscom