Thursday, November 09, 2006

Broadband over Powerlines gets a boost

TechWeb: FCC Endorses Broadband over Powerline
The Federal Communications Commission on Friday gave a big boost to Broadband over Powerline (BPL), classifying the technology as an "information service."
The declaration places BPL-enabled access services on equal footing with
cable modem and DSL Internet access services. The FCC has campaigned for BPL approval for years, although ham radio operators have long complained that BPL would interfere with its service.

Remember, back in the dawn of the internet (when people still called it "the Web"), there was a brief flurry of media foorah about high speed internet via your home's power outlets? It was sensationalistic at the time because there was basically no such thing as "high speed" for the average user. Regardless, after a few excited articles in magazines and newspapers, things quieted down, and we didn't really hear a peep about this for some time.

Well, it's back, and it appears to be on its way to becoming a reality.

I suppose that in an era where the phone company is offering television, and the cable company is offering phone service, and everyone is offering internet access, it only makes sense for the electric company to offer broadband.

More to come, I imagine.

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