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Growing Interest In Wall-socket Net Access


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#1 KoanYorel

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Posted 19 August 2006 - 12:09 PM

With much fanfare, AT&T and PG&E announced in the summer of 2004 that they were teaming up to test technology for broadband Internet access over ordinary power lines -- plug into a wall socket and you're online....

by David Lazarus, Friday, August 18, 2006, San Francisco Chronicle

...So where are we now? With high-speed Internet access rapidly becoming a choice between only two providers -- phone and cable companies -- is there any hope that competition can be increased via utility-sponsored BPL service to people's homes?

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Posted 21 August 2006 - 11:25 PM

I heard about this. I believe it will happen someday and become a run of the mill type of thing...but not for awhile.

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 05:37 AM

Yes. I read about this a couple of weeks ago. Won't it be absolutely marvellous if it goes ahead? Set up your modem or router, plug into a wall socket, and away you go.

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 10:24 PM

I've looked at this for a while. I made a post HEREat BC with some info. I was looking with some friends as an investment op,the carrier,chip and modem mfr's. It still doesn't address the interference drawback. It's bandwith is all over HAM radio. Also I remember something about the radio waves (as that's what it is) bouncing all around the world and possible major interference from this. The interference is (noise,I believe) pollution. SeeTHIS part of earlier link. Unless they address this interference, I feel they're going to have trouble with it. It has it's good points and is an excellent technology. It will be cheaper to operate most of the equipment already exists. Maybe with Google and IBM pumping $$ into it it will be worked out. I have faith in it aside from my concerns. And it was a reason why we purchased some goog stock ad a few others we hope will take off. I have most of my faith in Yankee ingenuity. We rated it with early MSFT and Apple's intro of the IPOD.
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Posted 23 August 2006 - 10:37 PM

Sorry to double post,but felt it better than an editnow.
My friend just emailed me this from an FCC report showing interference improvements.

How can we avoid interference from a system that will traverse so many locations? The “spread spectrum” and “multiple carrier” techniques used in proposed BPL systems employ modulation that spectrally resembles noise and can employ system architectures capable of minimizing radiated interference. The multiple carriers can be controlled in amplitude, turned on and off, or “notched” to remove energy radiating at specific frequencies. Typical Access BPL frequencies start above AM radio (1.7 MHz) and end just below FM radio (up to 80 MHz). Usually the entire available range is not used—the upper frequency is typically less than 50 MHz. There are many licensed, incumbent services that must be protected in this frequency range, including:



Amateur Radio – 1.8 – 54 MHz

Short-wave radio – 5.9 – 26.1 MHz

CB Radio – 26.96- 27.41 MHz

TV Channels 2-6

Public Safety bands

Federal Government bands

Aeronautical Stations

Coast Guard Stations

Radio Astronomy Stations


Review of FCC Report & Order 04-245
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Posted 27 August 2006 - 08:02 AM

If it were possible it would probably spell the end of the fixed phone as it is since mostly it is for the Internet that one has a fixed phone now.
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Posted 28 August 2006 - 04:54 PM

This is so awsome, just find a plug and you are conencted...




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