For many, many years, there have been stories about broadband over powerlines. Every few years it seems to make a big comeback... in the press. The press loves the idea, but when it comes down to the actual technology it never gets very far. Trials get announced, and then quickly fade away. Even though Michael Powell has declared it the "great broadband hope," once again, trials are ending early, as the technology is proving to be problematic. As this article notes, fixing those technology problems "may clash with the concept of making a profit." Broadband over powerlines is looking like yet another "technology of the future... that always will be." It may be time to put it away for a few more years until some new reporters pick it up around 2007.
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