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The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) has approved the inclusion of IEEE 1901-2010, "IEEE Standard for Broadband over Power Line Networks: Medium Access Control and Physical Layer Specifications," into its body of standards.

The IEEE 1901 standard was developed for the benefit of high-speed communication devices via electric power lines - also known as broadband over power line (BPL). The standard delivers data rates in excess of 500 Mbps in LAN applications and is used with transmission frequencies below 100 MHz.

"Having the SGIP approve the inclusion of our standard in its catalog underscores the importance of smart grid expansion and advancement worldwide," says Bill Ash, strategic program manager with the IEEE. "We understand that collaboration among multiple organizations is paramount to the smart grid's success."

SGIP was stablished in December 2009 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a public-private partnership to help accelerate standards and interoperability of smart grid devices and systems.

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