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Broadband: More Power to You

Something the local Tand T Electricity company could look into.

WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators on Thursday adopted rules aimed at tempting electric utilities to offer broadband services -- a move officials hope will someday enable U.S. consumers to jack in to the web from virtually any power outlet.

It's unclear, however, just how long it will take for such services to become widespread.

The Federal Communications Commission's order also creates rules designed to protect existing licensed radio service users from harmful interference from broadband over power lines, or BPL, systems, providing more regulatory certainty for electric utilities considering deploying internet service.

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