Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Broadband over Power Lines

I accidentally discovered that this is quite a hotly debated topic. The idea is instead of physically laying fiber, coax, or some other kind of cable and building a whole new network -- use an existing one. And what is the largest network that already exists in any country? The power grid!

So the idea is to use the already existing power lines to transmit data -- at broadband speeds. Wired has already covered this here. So have ZDNet and PCWorld. Everyone has differing opinions about the idea -- some think it's great while others think it's bad. However, AT&T and PG&E are already running trials for this in Menlo Park, California (which is about 10 minutes from where live -- and I didn't even know about it!).

A Google search for "broadband over power lines" (without the "") will show innumerable results on this topic.

This could really be something great if we can utilize it in Pakistan. WorldCall would no longer need to lay cables anywhere in the country. Where there is bijlee, there will be Internet. The downside, of course, is that when there is no bijlee, then there is no Internet. But when there is no power, you're probably not using your computer anyway.

Worth an article in SPIDER, I think...

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