Europe approves powerline communications spec

Europe approves powerline communications spec Efforts to use electricity cables to transmit data took a step forward in Europe with the publication of an open specification for power line communications (PLC). The Open PLC European Research Alliance (OPERA), which is partly funded by the European Commission, said its specification will accelerate the development of products that use powerlines for broadband internet access, voice and video services, as well as utility applications such as automatic meter reading. The approval of the specification, announced Tuesday, comes after more than two years of development by a consortium of experts from 35 organisations,...

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