PLC alliance grows


HomePlug® Powerline Alliance Inc. has announced that Duke Power, EchoStar Technologies Corp. and Leviton Manufacturing Co. Inc. have joined its ranks. Support for the alliance – which has as its objective the creation of worldwide specifications for powerline networking products and services – is on the increase as the specification for HomePlug AV moves towards completion, and the specification development process for HomePlug Broadband over Powerline moves forward.

The HomePlug alliance has created a new level of membership – that of Utility Class Member. This allows power utilities to share ideas regarding BPL, and formalises their participation in the powerline standards development process.