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FCC Approves Broadband Over Power Line Rules
by granny60 07:43AM Friday Oct 15 2004
02:00 AM Oct. 15, 2004 PT

WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators on Thursday adopted rules aimed at tempting electric utilities to offer broadband services -- a move officials hope will someday enable U.S. consumers to jack in to the web from virtually any power outlet.

It's unclear, however, just how long it will take for such services to become widespread.
The Federal Communications Commission's order also creates rules designed to protect existing licensed radio service users from harmful interference from broadband over power lines, or BPL, systems, providing more regulatory certainty for electric utilities considering deploying internet service.

It's all part of an effort to encourage wider adoption of high-speed services in the United States, which now ranks 11th among countries in broadband penetration. Right now, cable modem and digital subscriber line, or DSL, services hold a virtual duopoly over wired broadband services to the home.

Regulators said they hope Wednesday's order will rapidly lead to a third alternative entering the race for broadband customers, which could help drive down prices and increase speeds and features offered.

More here: »www.wired.com/news/politics/0,12···ophead_4

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Rfsjr2
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So What...

This doesn't help anybody who lives in the boonies.

xmechanic

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Re: So What...

Why not?? If you have power lines in, you can have BPL. I'm way out in the sticks and our power company is already considering it here (which would be nice). Although I'm on Direcway 2 way sat, a working alternative would be nice. DSL and cable are out of the question here and we have one of the worst dial-up services in the country... not to mention that they're a monopoly and charge twice what most dial-up services do. :-(

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Re: So What...

said by xmechanic:
Why not??


Because BPL is trying to compete with DSL and cable in mostly urban markets, the same fatal strategy that Direcway once upon a time attempted.

As a side note, I see another trial was canceled today in Menlo Park, CA. This is a seriously flawed technology.
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Re: So What...

"Real" Internet providers like Earthlink "not talking about AOL" got alot of money into this Broadband over Powerlines deal... wait and see.. just give it time

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Re: So What...

said by wickie3:

"Real" Internet providers like Earthlink
Earthlink is an ISP. They'll latch on to anything that is viable. BPL isn't viable.
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