SEOUL - The South Korean
government plans to ease regulations restricting
high-speed Internet access through power lines, allowing
customers to surf the Web by plugging a computer modem
into conventional electrical outlets, a ministry said on
The Ministry of Information and
Communication said in August it will submit a bill to
let operators offer commercial broadband Internet
services via power lines without the ministry's prior
The bill requires parliamentary
approval and is expected to become effective beginning
in October, the ministry said.
So far, would-be
service providers have been obliged to get the
ministry's approval to use the power line communication
service because of concerns over possible interference
with radio waves.
The idea of broadband Internet
access over power lines is not new, but it has gained
little customer acceptance because of the regulatory
hurdle, according to the ministry.
The move is
part of the government's effort to "digitalize" 10
million households by the end of 2007.
deregulation is aimed at boosting home-networking
businesses in the country," a ministry official said.
The Korea Electric Research Institute is poised
to develop a power-line broadband Internet technology by
the end of September, which promises to send data at a
speed of 54 megabits per second, nearly 10 times faster
than existing broadband Internet services.
Korea leads the world in per capita broadband Internet
About 73% of the nation's 48 million
people have access to the Internet, with 11.3 million
having high-speed, always-on connections.
Jun 12, 2004
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