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Subject: [RFI] BPL alternatives
From: wa2bpe at infoblvd.net (WA2BPE)
Date: Fri Aug 15 17:03:25 2003
Just the "booties"?  (BTW, some is not my post, but the one answered).  Not
hardly.  I would believe that their ultimate goal is exactly as you say - become
the primary (if not the only) ISP.  I would be willing to predict predatory
marketing and all the other ploys that could be thought up - wouldn't be the
first time such tactics were used.

And now, they have failing/aging power grid issues to deal with.  Gee, one would
think they have enough on their plate, but nah, they will look for a bailout to
fix what should have been done years ago and (as you say) go for the big $$$$ in
the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

I thought it interesting the comment Ed made the other day that when he 
that he was going to do some testing, the system suddenly was taken down for
"maintenance" - yeah, right.

Tom - WA2BPE

N6KJ wrote:

> You don't think the power companies are content with selling BPL only
> to "people in the boonies" do you?  The "we only want to serve the country
> by providing broadband to all those poor souls that don't live close to
> an urban area" mantra is just a marketing pitch used to get the FCC to allow
> deployment.  I hate to say it, but it's not much different from contesters
> using the "emergency communications" mantra to justify installation of 80
> foot towers with multiple monobanders on top on small suburban lots :-)  The
> minute BPL deployment is allowed, power companies are headed straight for
> the "big markets" to try to woo subscribers away from DSL and cable modems.
> They know where the real $$$'s are.
> BTW (and maybe Ed Hare can answer this), are the BPL test sites in suburban
> or rural areas?  I may be wrong, but I'll bet they are in suburban
> areas.  I'm sure the "chicken farmers of America" aren't part of this
> test bed :-)
> On Fri, 15 Aug 2003 15:37:07 -0400, Pete Smith wrote:
> >
> > At 03:00 PM 8/15/03 -0400, WA2BPE wrote:
> >
> > [ Stuff Deleted ]
> >
> > I just don't see an economic argument for BPL -- the same people who now
> > can't get DSL, or cable internet, and who don't chose to go satellite, make
> > up the hardest-to-serve, most-scattered constituency you can imagine.  How
> > the power companies can think that points to a 50 percent market
> > penetration, ever, is beyond me.
> >
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