Power line networking trial downed

— 10:05 AM on June 30, 2004

Dreams of bandwidth like water evaporated in Cedar Rapids, Iowa recently when a trial of broadband service over power lines was ended prematurely due to problems with interference. (Thanks, Ryan.) The trial power line network was using a technology called BPL in combination with some wireless links in the infrastructure. Both parts of the network proved difficult to manage. The trial's failure seems to signal that power line-based broadband isn't ready for prime time:

Alliant Energy's BPL Project Leader Dan Hinz says he considers BPL to be a "strategic deployment technology," not one that could successfully be deployed anywhere in America with the hopes of competing against DSL or Cable. At least not yet.
Ah, well. Maybe someday.
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