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New Life for Internet Over Powerlines

Penn State researchers claim to have developed a “new model” for sending data through overhead electric power lines. The claim that a a kilometer of unshielded power lines could be a gigabit per second shared bandwidth between 10 or 100…

  • January 11, 2005

Penn State researchers claim to have developed a “new model” for sending data through overhead electric power lines. The claim that a
a kilometer of unshielded power lines could be a gigabit per second shared bandwidth between 10 or 100 homes, according to this article.

People keep trying to make this work. But really, there’s no money in it unless the federal government wants to kick in a huge subsidy. That’s because rural areas aren’t just rural — they’re usually poor, too.

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