A careful reading of the article does say that the transistion to
conventional cable does occur at the local sub-station. It has been many
years since I have been in Europe, but I do recall that the power
distribution, especially in residential areas, was via neighborhood
sub-station. (One large step-down xfmr feeds several, perhaps dozens of,
houses.) Perhaps some of the European members could confirm or update that
observation. At any rate, the gist of what I understand is that the
"service" uses only the 220/240 V wiring and NOT the high tension lines for
propagating the Internet signal to/from homes. That still leaves a lot of
antenna out there!
Here, of course, a single step-down xfmr feeds anywhere from just one house
to perhaps a maximum of 6 or 8 (condo units and/or apartments excepted).
So, many more transistions to cable would be needed in the US, making such
a network much more costly. Still, it is amazing, as WA2BPE notes, to see
the total write-off of interference and tapping/privacy issues.
WA2BPE <email@example.com>@contesting.com on 08/31/2001 02:34:45 PM
Sent by: firstname.lastname@example.org
To: George Johnson <email@example.com>
cc: RFI <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: [RFI] CNN.com - Internet access via power lines reborn in
Europe - August 28, 2001
I find this to be incredible. No more technical problems? No tapping
because of encrypion? Right! Sure! Once again the spin doctors are at it
all in the name of big $$$..$
- right now. The real answers to broadband are satellite and fiber optics
to the home (or at least to the curb). I surely hope those with
"connections" here in the US (&
Canada) are watching closely. Lotsa luck to everyone in Europe! Then
again, it could crumble just like Iridium.
73, Tom - WA2BPE
George Johnson wrote:
> Just found this article... and we thought we had some problems with Part
> devices !!
> 73, George .. W1ZT
Name: CNN.com - Internet access via power lines reborn in Europe - August
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