Ed Driscoll

Broadband Over Power Line

I remember reading about this concept in Wired (back when Wired really was Wired) in the mid-1990s; it sounds like it’s finally coming to fruition, according to Dave Johnston:

The California Public Utilities Commission approved a plan on Thursday allowing providers of high-speed Internet services to test using electricity lines to deliver online access throughout the state.

CPUC commissioner Rachelle Chong, who drafted the plan, said broadband over power lines, or BPL, could become a new competitor to Internet services delivered via telephone, cable and satellites and help reduce prices for consumers.

BPL uses existing utility lines delivering power to neighborhoods to carry broadband signals into homes.

Dave has also started a health and exercise-oriented blog, called The Crisper. Stop on by there, today!