Broadband Over Power Lines -- This Time, They Mean It
from the shocking dept
One of the longest-running objects of unfulfilled hype is broadband over power lines. Back in 1999, some company was almost ready to deliver exabit speeds (apparently that's a 1 with 18 zeros after it bits per second). We're still waiting on that, but every couple years, another story that BPL is almost ready pops up. There have been some small-scale commercial rollouts of the technology, but nothing that comes even close to fulfilling the hype built up around the technology. But power company TXU said today it would roll out BPL across 70 percent of its grid, potentially reaching a couple million people. What's curious about the announcement, though, is that it's less focused on selling broadband to customers through their power outlets, but more about how TXU will use the broadband capability to monitor and maintain its network and do automatic meter reading and things of that nature. It's a much less sexy application, but perhaps where BPL actually has some value -- at least killing the time while we're waiting for the power to send terabytes of data to our lamps and washing machines.