|[AMRadio] BPL in Texas - from Houston Chronicle.com|
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Sat Nov 27 18:57:59 EST 2004
On 27 Nov 2004 at 17:06, Keith Anderson wrote:
> BPL comes to Texas, Burnet is a small town located northwest of Austin,
> Texas' state capital.
> Nov. 26, 2004, 4:59PM
> Texas town gets Net over power lines
> > ------------------------------------
> > Associated Press
> > BURNET -- High-speed Internet service is coming to about 120 homes in
> > this town of 5,000 using a novel technology that connects residents to
> > the Web through power lines.
> > Broadband Horizons, which provides Internet access to about 6,000
> > customers in rural parts of Central Texas, is paying most of the
> > estimated $50,000 cost to install a network in a neighborhood of
> > Burnet, about 40 miles northwest of Austin.
> > Once the system is in place, scheduled by year end, they say that
> > houses will connect by plugging a simple modem device into a wall
> > socket.
> > Companies have been trying to develop the technology -- called
> > broadband over power line, or BPL -- for nearly a decade, and now the
> > technology is being tested in a few places. The city-owned electric
> > utility in Manassas, Va., launched a pilot project last fall.
> > Ohio-based Cinergy Corp. is also testing a system.
> > In theory, electric current runs along power lines at low frequencies
> > and doesn't interfere with Internet signals at much higher frequencies.
> > Advocates say the technology would be a cheaper way to wire rural towns
> > like Burnet.
> > Bob McClung, a Blanco entrepreneur, believes he could provide broadband
> > service for about $30 a month with the cooperation of public and
> > private electric utilities. He told the Austin American-Statesman that
> > the technology could be much more common within a few years.
> > Some analysts are skeptical, however, noting that cable television
> > operators and phone companies have a big head start in building
> > broadband networks.
> > "There are 31 million subscribers to broadband in the U.S.," Bruce
> > Leichtman of Leichtman Research Group in Durham, N.H., told the Austin
> > American-Statesman. "We are well beyond the early-adopter stage. The
> > high-end of the market is pretty well plucked."
> > Ken Graham, the mayor pro tem, who retired to Burnet in 1999 after
> > working in telecommunications, said he doesn't like his slow dial-up
> > connection to the Internet and views the broadband pilot as a good
> > thing.
> > "This will enhance our quality of life, very definitely," Graham said.
> > "Most people that live in this subdivision are retired professionals.
> > They have moved to the small town, but they don't want to give up the
> > conveniences that they had."
> > Brought to you by the HoustonChronicle.com
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