The idea of providing broadband service over power lines is not a new one but technical difficulties have slowed down the deployment of such services. This is about to change with the report that Texas is about to deploy broadband over power lines (BPL) in a test area in north Texas. The first deployment will happen next year and the energy power provider, TXU, will get a double benefit. The power lines will not only carry the service to their customers but since it’s based on the Internet Protocol it will constantly report on the state of power service throughout the area. Customers will connect to the web by plugging in their access point to an electrical outlet. It’s not clear what type of device will be required to make such a connection, hopefully it won’t be too expensive. Cincinnati deployed a similar network recently and the same company will develop the system in Texas.