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Under the new rules, expected to be completed in coming months,
electric utilities could offer an alternative to the cable and phone
companies and provide an enormous possible benefit to rural
communities which are served by the power grid but not by
broadband providers. A number of utility companies have been
running trials offering high-speed Internet service through their
transmission lines.

While the technology has been developed, it is not clear if
such a service would be profitable or able to compete in markets
dominated by cable and telephone companies. But F.C.C.
officials noted that the vast majority of the nation's households
did not yet have high-speed Internet service, leaving the market
wide open to rivals.

In the phone proceedings on Thursday, a majority of the commissioners
suggested that new Internet phone services should have significantly
fewer regulatory burdens than traditional telephone carriers.