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December 21, 2005

Broadband over power lines in Texas

From NewsMax...

Two companies have announced plans to offer high-speed Internet access over electric power lines to more than two million customers in Texas – the biggest deployment of broadband service over power lines in the U.S.

Subscribers will be able to plug a small device into an electrical outlet and connect it via cable to their computers.

Under terms of an agreement, TXU Electric Delivery – the nation’s sixth largest electricity transmission and distribution company – will sign a contract to use Current Communications Group LLC’s technology to link customers to the Internet via power lines.

The deal could pose a new threat to cable and phone companies that currently provide Internet connections, the Wall Street Journal reports.

A friend was telling me about this technology a while back. There are already several home networking systems which use a home's wall outlets to transmit the data. In fact, we have a Radio Shack intercom that uses the electrical wiring to convey the signal. I know because it won't work unless the two intercoms are plugged into outlets on the same breaker, which is really annoying. That also tells me that getting data via power lines might have some of the same problems. But, at the same time, the bandwidth potential, so I'm told, is enormous. It'll be interesting to see how it turns out.


Posted by Danny Carlton at December 21, 2005 05:43 AM

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