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Monday, May 05, 2003


More powerline broadband articles:

More powerline broadband articles:

1. A very long, positive article at DelawareOnline covering PEPCO's trial and the prospects for wider deployment.
2. Radio interference worries among U.K. ham operators -- article with comments
3. Sydney Morning Herald coverage of powerline broadband and Scottish Hydro-Electric's experience with technology trials.

We think powerline broadband is a good complement to the extensive fiber networks many power utilities have developed. (For a list of the utilities Fiber Planners has worked for, see our client list; these 60 utilities are just a subset of the 100s around the world with extensive fiber networks.) Fiber networks are the best way to link together powerline broadband concentrators and backhaul the aggregated traffic back to the utility's routers.

Powerline broadband may be especially attractive in areas where municipal utilities are not in a position politically to build more powerful FTTH (fiber to the home) networks. Also, properly designed, a fiber network to support powerline broadband could be designed to feed either active FTTH nodes or passive splitter locations in the future if a utility want to deploy less expensive powerline broadband now and FTTH in the future.


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