And no, I'm not talking about satellite (eww!)
BPL (Broadband over Power Lines) is currently being tested by a few different companies in a few different locations. The largest provider (Current Communications) has BPL available to over 16,000 households in the Cincinnati area, and plan to make it available to another 50,000 by the end of the year.
Now, I love my cable connection - but the one big advantage BPL has over cable or DSL is symetric speeds of up to 3 Mbps . . . yep, you read that right - 3 Megabits per second SYMETRIC . . . WOW! And the BPL modem plugs into any regular power outlet . . .
So my next question - if they can give us 3 MBPS internet access over power lines, when are we going to get home/office networking over power lines? I can see it now - combination NIC / Power Supplies that just have an extra plug to connect to the motherboard for the network connection . . . Ok, maybe not -afteralll, it would be hell trying to separate your public network from your private network . . . :^)
Wed, May 26 2004 13:35