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Data Over Power Lines a Problem?

David Clayton (
Fri, 04 Feb 2005 15:12:01 +1100;650745972;fp;2;fpid;1

Sparks fly over power line Internet trials

Howard Dahdah, PC World

03/02/2005 15:22:19

Knocking an aeroplane out of the sky by simply using an ultra-fast
Internet connection is closer to fact than fantasy, say opponents of a
new Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) technology.

While the prospect of broadband Internet access at 100 times current
speeds is exciting Web surfers, critics say the radio interference it
causes poses a serious threat to radio networks, including those used
by air traffic controllers.

BPL, also known as Power Line Communications (PLC), can transmit data
at 200Mbps by utilising normal electrical power lines. Users of the
service would plug their broadband modem into a normal household power

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