DirecTV To Offer Broadband Over Power Lines

No doubt spurred on by terrible speeds, high latency, crowded satellites and sky-high pricing from their existing broadband options, DirecTV is starting to offer BPL service in Cincinnati and Dallas-Forth Worth. The speeds aren't impressive and the pricing isn't going to make an incumbent phone or cable company sweat though it does add another option to the broadband market and leverages a lot of existing infrastructure without expensive FCC licenses for spectrum. Despite this, DirecTV still has deals with Clearwire to use WiMax in some markets and partner with phone companies such as Qwest to sell bundles. I'm going to bet that they'll be shut out by their former partners once the competition starts rolling into town.

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