BOISE, ID, Sept. 3, 2003 — IDACOMM Inc., and Ambient Corp. have jointly announced a memorandum of understanding to initiate in early September a pilot test of Broadband over Power Line (BPL) technology at up to 100 residential and commercial locations in Boise, Idaho.
Ambient’s technology is designed to facilitate the transmission of data over medium-voltage and low-voltage power lines directly to the end-user’s computer. IDACOMM’s BPL service will provide broadband Internet access to the power outlets in the home or business participating in the pilot program.
IDACOMM is planning the most complete and sophisticated pilot test of an end-to-end broadband solution conducted to date, according to Matt Collins, IDACOMM’s director of BPL deployment.
The pilot test will include many aspects of a complete broadband offering not normally associated with BPL technology tests, including subscriber authentication, bandwidth monitoring and control, and advanced services such as video streaming and Voice over Internet Protocol.
“The combination of Ambient’s technology and IDACOMM’s backoffice systems will create a best-of-breed broadband solution for our subscribers. We look forward to working with Ambient and their technology throughout the pilot program,” said Chris Britton, president and chief executive officer of IDACOMM.
John J. Joyce, CEO of Ambient Corporation, stated, “Adding IDACOMM to our fast-growing group of strategic partners brings us one step closer to realizing and accomplishing our strategic plan of commercial deployment of our Power Line Communications technology.”
IDACOMM provides fiber optic broadband services for organizations in high technology, manufacturing, distribution, health care, education, and state and local government. Velocitus, a subsidiary of IDACOMM, provides high-speed wireless Internet service. IDACOMM and Velocitus currently serve over 25,000 customers in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Virginia. www.idacomm.com or www.idacomm.com/bpl
Boise, Idaho-based IDACORP, formed in 1998, is an energy and technology holding company comprising Idaho Power, a regulated electric utility; Ida-West Energy, an independent manager and developer of power projects; IDACORP Financial, an investment vehicle that makes investments primarily in affordable housing projects; IdaTech, a developer and producer of fully integrated fuel cell systems; IDACOMM, a telecommunications subsidiary providing high-speed Internet access technologies; and IDACORP Energy, a marketer of energy and energy-related products and services.
About Ambient Corporation:
Ambient Corporation (OTC BB: ABTG) is a development stage company engaged in the architecture, design, development, and implementation of a proposed comprehensive high-speed communication infrastructure designed to utilize existing electrical power distribution lines as a communication medium — Power Line Communication — PLC.
Ambient Corporation (OTC BB: ABTG) is a publicly traded company incorporated in the United States that focuses on Powerline Communication telephony-related product offerings, Internet and E-Commerce for a variety of exciting new consumer applications, and a basket of utility-related services. www.ambientcorp.com