IP over The Power Grid
by William Grosso
The NY Times is reporting that the FCC is busy. "In one set of proceedings, the commission began writing regulations to enable computer users to gain access to the Internet through electric power lines."
I know absolutely nothing about this. Can power lines actually support high-speed connections? If not, why is this better than using a phone? Or a satellite linkup? Can this be done securely and without interference from my neighbors? Anyone got any pointers to the technology?
And so on. Stephen Uhler (of Experimental Stuff) once made an offhand comment about sending very low bandwidth signals to and from devices in a house using the wiring. But my impression was that internet-scale communication through the power grid was infeasible.
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