Wednesday, December 06, 2006

BPL is like DSL & Cable Modem, only smaller

Apparently, Trimax is excited because the FCC ruled that BPL (Broadband over power lines) is an information service not a telecom service. Whew! Big win for the less than 20,000 homes on BPL. BPL isn't even really BPL. It is a hybrid of wireless. Also, the power infrastructure is so old and over-burdened, there aren't many places that BPL can be used. (When was the last time a power plant was built?) I like FCC Commissioner Tate saying this will lead to more competition. Plus, BPL is also a LAN technology, using inside electrical wiring as the LAN cabling.

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