[RFI] [TowerTalk] "The Socialized Power Grid"

Jim Jarvis jimjarvis at comcast.net
Sat Apr 23 11:11:44 EDT 2005

It's true that satellite coverage is available..although
not true wideband.  It's also true that something like 90% of
our population is already served by one or multiple cable systems.
Plus, DSL.  

It's a hell of a lot cheaper for telco to provide DSL to 
rural america than it is to modify the power grid to do it.  

jimjarvis at ieee.org 

-----Original Message-----
From: j4976 at juno.com [mailto:j4976 at juno.com]
Sent: Saturday, April 23, 2005 10:24
To: jimjarvis at ieee.org
Cc: towertalk at contesting.com; RFI at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] "The Socialized Power Grid"

What I don't ever hear mentioned is that those 5% who do not have cable
or a phone line suitable for DSL can get high speed internet service via
satelite.  Its very common and affordable outside the US, but here, no
one wants to talk about it.  There's just no reason for BPL in its
current format.

On Sat, 23 Apr 2005 08:14:40 -0400 "Jim Jarvis" <jimjarvis at comcast.net>
> Folks,
> I sent a note to Sudeep Reddy, the reporter who covered
> the TX State Senate committee vote, allowing a BPL bill
> to come to the state senate floor.
> His reportage was straight-factual stuff.  They spun, and
> he dutifully recorded.
> In my note, I attempted to alert him to factual areas which
> would require some reportorial enterprise in future.  I would
> discourage our community from bombarding the reporter with
> notes slamming BPL.  
> Of note in the story, though:
> A legislator or industry guy estimated $300-500M as investment 
> required to provide 70-80% coverage. The argument supporting BPL 
> is usually the last 5% or so, who are not served by cable.
> If 80% coverage will cost $500M, then I would guestimate the
> remaining 20% will cost something close to $2.0B.  Certainly
> well north of a Billion.  And, of course, nobody would pay
> the resulting rates.  
> "The Socialized Power Grid" is a charming expression.  Fertile,
> in so many ways.  None more fertile than the immediate area around
> the TX state legislature, however.   
> Be careful where you step, down there in Tejas!  
> N2EA
> jimjarvis at ieee.org 
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