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Could Be The Next Big Thing In Internet?


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#1 boopme

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 07:49 PM

Broadband Over Powerlines

A friend and I were discussing new or budding technologies to perhaps invest in. We came upon this BPL service. One of the easiest to understand articles I found is here L@@K

The infrastructure is already there. Add some CT Couplers and a new modem to the end user. Plug into the internet surf hi speed and everyone with power can get on. Also without all of the cable installation and its maintenence it should be cheaper

With more than 18 million miles of electrical lines strung or buried nationwide, the ability to reach virtually every business and home in the U.S., and transport speeds that are as much as four times faster than cable modem or digital subscriber line services, broadband over power lines has the potential to pose a serious competitive threat.
A few tweaks to solving some interfence problems and frequency allocation ( Ham operators) and zoom !!! I think it may have some potential and I will be watching it but at least it is interesting.
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Posted 05 April 2006 - 02:02 PM

One other that has been around for a while....

Broadband over gas lines... a BiG idea that could definitely happen!
Does this mean that the next gas leak, would be diminishing bandwidth? Would the surrounding atmosphere smell like ones and zeros? And just what does a one and zero smell like? :thumbsup: :flowers:

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 06:05 PM

Today .... Story

UPDATE 2-Calif. agency OKs broadband-over-power-lines test

CPUC commissioner Rachelle Chong, who drafted the plan, said broadband over power lines, or BPL, could become a new competitor to Internet services delivered via telephone, cable and satellites and help reduce prices for consumers
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Posted 27 April 2006 - 09:31 PM

BLP has been around for a couple of years, the FCC's Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was to be suspended till this last month to allow the ham operators to be heard before they give the nod to the powers that be (be rich that is), I still haven't heard anything definitive.

The argument that the radio frequencies will cause huge amounts of disruption is still a reality, and the FCC wants to label it with the same catch all allowance that they use on house hold items.

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 10:06 PM

Yes, It appears that interference with Ham operators is the biggest hurdle. But a couple solutions can work. Such as areas that have underground routing,as a lot of major cities do. Keeping it in a 1Mhz spectrum that is that is the least interfering. They also could just go microwave lol. I just keep and open mind for competition. DSL, broadband or BPL, choices keep the price down. Unlike when Mr. Clinton allowed Exxon and Mobil to merge into the largest fuel monpoly and now look at the pump price. But that's in another forum. I'm also getting some facts together on another form. I wanted to post that today but I need a few more thingds. Then I will post it for all to ponder.
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Posted 27 April 2006 - 10:33 PM

I personally would like to see it happen, as you suggest, compition does help keep the prices down. I live in a rural are where Verizon owns the phone lines, and all they offer is the usual dial up connection, and the options are satellite connections which are more that I can or will justify paying for, the BLP would be welcome to me in this instance.

I should take a picture of a telephone pole in our area, it is the last in a line going towards the boonies, and on the last pole is a piece of monofilament fishing line with a soup can attached to the other end.

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Posted 28 April 2006 - 04:03 PM

Well since im in the boonies and dsl lines would not profit the phone co much on my road I hope this works...




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