MCI was the first company to create agreements with the power companies
in the USA to allow them to run fiber inside the center of the static
wires that run along the tops of the transmission towers. Those wires
are hollow and provide a perfect space to run fiber. These agreements
gave MCI a great lead in completing it's fiber network. The joint
agreements also provided bandwidth to the power companies for monitoring
the health of the power distribution networks, etc.
It's a good idea that is over 20yrs old,
Chris BONDE wrote:
>Our local electric power company just finished putting in a new line. It is
>commissioned shortly. It is a 230kV line, about 50km and also has a fibre
>cable (for communications and control). There are 290 poles. The first line
>in 1897 and a pole put in about that time, still in use, has a service record
>yrs. Wooden pole were used as they have a history of good durability, less
>than steel and weigh about 30% less than steel. Easier for the helicopters.
>To me the significant point was the fibre optic line. That is what all the
>companies should have to do. Who knows they might even be able to compete
>with the cable and telcos for long distance.
>Chris opr VE7HCB
>From: "Kevin Hemsley" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Date sent: Wed, 6 Aug 2003 12:28:13 -0600
>Subject: [TowerTalk] Broadband over Power Line Video
>>The ARRL website published a story today about Broadband over Power
>>Line (BPL) technology. The story includes a video clip shot by Ed
>>Hare, W1RFI. The video tells a pretty ugly story without any dialogue.
>>Microserv Computer Technologies, Inc.
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>See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless
>Weather Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any
>questions and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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