Running fiber, VDSL, or cable to your house is one thing, but providers are faced with new suite of problems when it comes to cheaply wiring your home for the triple-play. Verizon recently decided to use 270 Mbps capable equipment from the Multimedia Over Coax alliance (MOCA) for Fios installs. The move allowed them to use existing Coax for home-networking, avoid more expensive Cat-5, and drive-down the cost per home of Fios deployment.
AT&T, who was using MOCA for Project Lightspeed and U-Verse IPTV installs, has shifted to Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HPNA) technology. HPNA allows for the use of either coax or traditional copper phone lines for home-networking, and HPNA version 3 will be integrated into the Motorola set-tops being used for U-Verse (and their upcoming HD service).
Those are two of the four major options companies are tinkering with to distribute content around the home. The others are 802.11n, the Wi-Fi standard that remains un-finalized, and Homeplug AV, a technology that.. (full story @ BBR)