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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Broadband over Powerlines: Is it coming soon to a wall socket near you?

There's been a lot of talk over the past couple of years about the potential for delivering Internet access over the electric lines that run to your (and everyone else's) home. There have been a few pilot programs, and now CenterPoint Energy in Houston is testing a powerline broadband service that provides high speed data, video and voice services (faster than the typical cable modem service) over power lines. The networking possibilities extend even further; CenterPoint says this technology could enable any device that has a power plug to communicate with any other powered device. Could this be the broadband solution that rural users have been waiting for? Read more about it here:http://www.wxpnews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=050719TI-BoP
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