Surf’s Up – Broadband Over Power Lines

Are we on the edge of another technological tidal wave or will this just be a small ripple in the pond? Surfing the internet is once again beginning to move in a whole new direction. For the past several years there has been slow and steady growth towards using existing electric power lines for broadband. Known as “Broadband Over Power Line” or BPL, the concept is simple. In fact, electric utilities have been transmitting data on transmission lines to control substations for decades. Traditional pipelines for broadband have included cable and DSL but this new technology is often referred to as the “third pipeline.”
Jim Phillips, P.E. – August 2006 – NEC Digest
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