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This paper proposes a new approach to modeling the common-mode (CM) current propagation path of electrical power-line cables for broadband power-line communications (PLC). In this approach, a CM current propagation model for a three-wire power-line cable is developed using the multiconductor transmission-line theory. The model is used to study the electromagnetic-interference radiation mechanism from the PLC network in the frequency range of 1 to 30 MHz. The accuracy of the model is verified through numerical simulations and practical measurements conducted on the actual power-line network. The developed model allows us to predict the CM current in the power-line cable with reasonable accuracy.