HomePlug® Powerline Alliance Announces New Members and Launches a New Utility Class Membership

SAN RAMON, CA- January 6, 2005 - HomePlug® Powerline Alliance, Inc., today announced that Duke Power, EchoStar Technologies Corporation, and Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc. have joined the alliance, offering further endorsement of the alliance's industry-wide leadership in creating worldwide specifications for powerline networking products and services. Support for the alliance is gaining momentum as the specification for HomePlug AV moves toward completion and the specification development process for HomePlug Broadband over Powerline (BPL) continues forward.

"Building on the successful global deployment of HomePlug 1.0 products, the market for HomePlug technology is continuing to expand beyond the home PC network and into video, audio, online gaming and even broadband service to the home," said Oleg Logvinov, President of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance and President and CEO of Arkados, Inc, a subsidiary of CDKNet.com. "Duke Power, EchoStar and Leviton join over 50 other companies already working together to create and promote HomePlug powerline networking specifications around the world."

New Utility-class membership Enhances BPL Specification Effort

As the HomePlug BPL specification effort gains traction, the HomePlug alliance has created a new level of membership called a Utility Class Member. This membership class creates an effective forum for power utilities to share ideas regarding BPL, and formalizes the participation of utility companies in the powerline standards development process.

"Joining the HomePlug Powerline Alliance is an exciting opportunity for Duke Power to work with other leading companies to develop powerline communications for broadband access services," said Bob Gerardi, Powerline Communications Program Manager at Duke Power. "We believe it is critically important for the facilities-based provider to be represented in the BPL standards development process, specifically as it relates to compatibility and coexistence of access BPL and in-home powerline systems."

Representatives from all parts of the digital home value chain have joined the HomePlug Powerline Alliance to work together and continue to lead the development of powerline communications products. The alliance, through its certification process and harmonized approach to specification development ensures that consumer products of all types work together to create a seamless connected environment for end users.

All interested parties are invited to join the HomePlug Powerline Alliance and contribute to the development of its specifications. Companies interested in receiving information regarding the HomePlug Powerline Alliance are invited to contact the Executive Director, Rob Ranck rranck@inventures.com

About the HomePlug Powerline Alliance

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. is an industry-led initiative established to create specifications for home powerline networking products and services and to accelerate the demand for these products and services worldwide through the sponsorship of market and user education programs. Currently, the Alliance is comprised of about 50 industry-leading companies. HomePlug Sponsor companies include Arkados, Inc. a subsidiary of CDKNet.com, Inc. (OTC BB:CDKN), Cogency Semiconductor, Comcast (CMCSK), Conexant (CNXT), DS2, EarthLink (ELNK), Intellon, RadioShack (RSH), and Sharp (SHCPFM). Additional information about the Alliance including a complete listing of certified products is available at http://www.homeplug.org.

About Duke Power

Duke Power, a business unit of Duke Energy, is one of the nation's largest electric utilities and provides safe, reliable, competitively priced electricity and value-added products and services to more than 2 million customers in North Carolina and South Carolina. In 2004, Duke Power celebrates 100 years of service. The company operates three nuclear generating stations, eight coal-fired stations, 31 hydroelectric stations and numerous combustion turbine units. Total system generating capability is approximately 19,900 megawatts. More information about Duke Power is available on the Internet at: www.dukepower.com.


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