Customers of DirecTV will gain another option for acquiring broadband Internet connectivity through the direct satellite TV provider as a result of an agreement through which DirecTV will market broadband over power line (BPL) and voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) services offered by Current Group LLC. Like its rival EchoStar, DirecTV is seeking ways to boost its competitive stance against cable operators and landline telephony incumbents such as Verizon and AT&T that have the ability to offer customers a one-price package of video, broadband, and voice services. In June, DirecTV and EchoStar entered a partnership with Clearwire, which is developing a nationwide WiMax network. Both satellite TV companies have also signed agreements with satellite broadband service provider WildBlue through which WildBlue services would be marketed to DirecTV and EchoStar customers. A subsidiary of Current Group, whose investors include EarthLink, Google, Duke Energy Corp., and General Electric, already offers BPL connectivity within the Cincinnati area. The group aims to expand to major markets nationwide, and is planning its next major deployment in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by the end of this year. Under the agreement signed Wednesday, DirecTV would resell BPL and VoIP services offered by Current Group in the Dallas-Forth Worth market under the DirecTV name and would expand the arrangement to additional markets as Current Group builds out its network. Although rates for Current Group’s BPL service start at $19.95 monthly, DirecTV has yet to decide how it will charge its customers and has indicated only that its package of TV, Internet, and phone service will be priced competitively with those offered by cable and landline phone carriers.