Although this technology is more for SOHO workers then office workers, Internet access via the electrical grid is not new, but it’s getting to be closer to reality.
CNN writes Electric companies may soon join the fray of providing Internet services after regulators cleared the way for utility companies to offer broadband services through electrical outlets, according to a report published Friday.
“Today is a banner day , and I think years from now we will look back and see it as an historical day for us,” said Michael Powell, chairman of the FCC, the New York Times reported. “This is groundbreaking stuff.”
The broadband over power lines, or BPL, uses a modem that plugs into electrical outlets, and so far the Web access runs at 1 to 3 megabits per second, comparable to other current broadband offerings, according to the newspaper. (full story)