On Thursday, I.B.M. piped up to say that it is working with rural electric cooperatives to offer high-speed Internet service, delivered over electric power lines, reports the New York Times. Technology to send broadband over power lines has been around for several years, but it typically hasn't been able to offer enough capacity at a low enough price to beat service from cable and phone companies. But with government subsidies, the approach is starting to be deployed in areas that don't have access to other forms of broadband.

I.B.M. Global Services is actually a contractor working for International Broadband...

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