UPLC & HomePlug® Agree to Work Together

WASHINGTON - February 22, 2005 - The United Power Line Council (UPLC) and HomePlug Powerline Alliance signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last week, establishing an affiliation to "drive the development of open standards" in Broadband over Power Line (BPL) technologies to benefit members of both associations.

"Standard setting is essential for BPL to grow as an industry," said UPLC President/CEO William R. Moroney. "Making sure utilities are included in standards development is a leading priority for the UPLC," he added. "This agreement underlines the importance of standards and our interest in coordinating with BPL standards setting organizations, including the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, in the standards setting process."

Oleg Logvinov, President of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance said, "We look forward to UPLC member participation in our special Power Utility Membership Group as a result of this agreement. The HomePlug Alliance has a proven track record in developing truly interoperable technologies with multi-vendor support; our certification and field tests are the key components of our process. It is important to build on the strengths of both organizations and for utilities to continue to provide broad input in the development of BPL standards."

Under the MOU, UPLC will encourage its members to participate in HomePlug's standards efforts; and HomePlug will offer UPLC members a $1,000 discount off the regular $3,500 utility membership in the HomePlug Alliance.

About United Power Line Council
The United Power Line Council (UPLC) is an alliance of electric utilities and technology companies working together to drive the development of broadband over power line (BPL) - broadband services over the existing distribution electrical grid and in-home electrical wiring -in a manner that helps utilities and their partners in North America. The UPLC's efforts are focused in three strategic areas: market awareness, regulatory and legislative advocacy, and technical operability. The UPLC currently has MOUs with the PLC Utilities Alliance (PUA) and PLC Forum. UPLC is an independent operating unit of the United Telecom Council, the telecommunications and information technology trade association for utilities, energy companies, and other critical infrastructure organizations.

About HomePlug Powerline Alliance
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. is an industry-led initiative established to create global specifications for powerline networking products and services and to accelerate 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 alliance Board member 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), Sharp (SHCPFM), and SONY (SNE). Additional information about the Alliance including a complete listing of certified products is available at http://www.homeplug.org


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