Duke Power is one of the latest firms to join the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, a group that is seeking to set specifications for use of powerlines in networking.

Other new members include EchoStar Technologies and Leviton Manufacturing Company.

Among the group’s initiative is setting standards for broadband delivered over powerlines.

HomePlug has already introduced products for use with PC networks and online gaming in homes.

More than 50 companies have joined the alliance.

“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, in a statement. “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.”

HomePlug: www.homeplug.org