RESTON, Va., Oct. 7, 2002 — PPL Electric Utilities Corp., the electric delivery subsidiary of PPL Corp., and Main.net Communications Ltd. have announced a feasibility study on the electricity grid of PPL Electric Utilities, using Main.net’s PLUSà¢â€ž- technology.
Main.net’s PLUSà¢â€ž- technology enables the delivery of high speed Internet to any electrical outlet with no special wiring or installation. PPL Electric Utilities is testing the technology with a limited number of applications, and is evaluating its ability to improve the company’s business operations. A successful demonstration of the technology could result in a new source of high-speed Internet access in areas served by PPL Electric Utilities.
“We are undertaking the feasibility study to better understand this emerging technology,” said Michael E. Bray, president of PPL Electric Utilities. “PLC technology, using Main.net’s PLUS system solution, has the potential to improve our business operations and revolutionize the delivery of information from the Internet.”
“Main.net’s PLC technology can turn the electric distribution grid into a communication gateway providing home owners with unsurpassed broadband communication flexibility,” said Joseph Marsilii, President & CEO of Main.net – Power Line Communications, Inc., Main.net’s US subsidiary. “It can provide end users with an affordable, easy to use and permanent high-speed Internet service. The PLUSà¢â€ž- system also enables us to add other broadband communication services later on, like home automation, distribution system automation and home networking.”
The appetite for high-speed broadband access is constantly fueled by an increasing demand for speed and bandwidth-intensive content, and is projected to reach over 40% of all US households within the next four years. Main.net’s Broadband over power lines solution, called PLUSà¢â€ž-, is uniquely adapted to the US power grid and provides customers with an always-on broadband connection and the comfort of connecting from any location in the house where there is an electricity outlet.
About Main.net Communications, Ltd.
Main.net Communications, Ltd. is a provider of power line communications (PLC) access network solutions worldwide. Utilizing the state- of-the-art PLUSà¢â€ž- technology, Main.net provides high speed Internet access to every ordinary electric wall outlet.
Main-net’s worldwide customer base includes over 40 power utilities in more than 15 countries, including: MVV in Germany (Germany), ENEL (Italy), Vattenfall (Sweden), Union Fenosa (Spain), Nuon (Netherlands), EDF (France), Ameren Corp, PPL (NYSE: PPL-USA), Southern Telecom (subsidiary of Southern Co. and the City of Manassas (USA).
For the US market, Main.net Power Line Communications, Inc., a fully owned US subsidiary, located in Reston, VA is responsible for all marketing and sales activities.
For more information, please visit the company Website http://www.powerline-plc.com
About PPL Corporation
Headquartered in Allentown, Pa., PPL Corp. controls nearly 11,500 megawatts of generating capacity in the United States, sells energy in key U.S. markets and delivers electricity to customers in Pennsylvania, the United Kingdom and Latin America. Its PPL Electric Utilities subsidiary delivers electricity to 1.3 million customers in 29 counties of eastern and central Pennsylvania.
For more information, please visit the company Web site http://www.pplweb.com
Source: Main.net Communications, Ltd.