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Wednesday, May 21, 2003


"Shock tactics" may enable broadband access via powerlines in rural U.K.

"Shock tactics" may enable broadband access via powerlines in rural U.K.

British Telecom is rolling out DSL all across the United Kingdom but one third of its' rural customers live too far from central offices to qualify for DSL service. This article describes how powerline broadband systems, fed by fiberoptic cables running to local electrical substations, can fill in the gap.

"Scottish & Southern says that it has solved the problems which dogged a previous version of this technology, developed by Norweb and Northern Telecom, which (it's claimed) led to the broadband signal being broadcast at radio frequencies from street lamps on the same mains loop as homes in the trial. 'It was a technology issue; it interfered with shortwave radio and the signals weren't getting through to the substation,' said a spokesman. 'But the technology has marched on.'"

The author also discusses wireless broadband as an option in other areas.


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