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 Jan 06, 2005 - 11:00 AM - by Michael
* Broadband over Power Lines comes again...

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Researchers have again announced that broadband over power lines may be doable.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Engineers at Penn State University said on Wednesday they had found a way for power lines to transmit data to homes at rates far faster than high-speed Internet connections from cable and telephone companies.
Broadband service over power lines has been highly touted by equipment makers and federal regulators as a possible competitor to cable and telephone services that handle nearly all of the 30 million U.S. residential broadband connections.

But despite dozens of trials, few electric utilities have attempted to sell the service to customers, citing cost and technical problems. The Penn State researchers said while the technology would improve, lowering the costs of power-line broadband would remain challenging.

Power-line broadband systems available today typically promise data speeds of roughly one megabit to three megabits per second, similar to cable and digital subscriber line, or DSL, service.
Wierd. I'm still sticking to my guns: for the short term (the next 4-5 years) Cable Modem will remain the best way to go, with DSL a dismal second.

SBC DSL, by the way, sucks donkey balls.
 

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