Still Waiting On Broadband Over Powerlines
from the fat-pipe-dreams dept
For quite some time — nearly ten years — we’ve been hearing about the supposed benefits of broadband over powerlines (BPL) and how it would deliver a new competitor into the broadband market. The only problem is that it’s never gone anywhere, despite the neverending hype. So here we are, in 2007… and BPL is still going nowhere. One BPL company is now trying a bit of a different tack (perhaps since BPL as a broadband technology doesn’t seem to work too well) by pitching its systems as eco-friendly tools that let people remotely control their appliances. The NY Post almost gets distracted enough by that claim to almost miss the fact that yet another power company has tried BPL, but doesn’t plan to expand its use of the technology. So, in case you were wondering, yes, BPL’s still out there, and still treading water.