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Friday, February 27, 2004


"Filling cellular holes with power line technology"

"Broadband Power Line (BPL) technology developer Corridor Systems is working on a way to use its high-speed data over power lines concept to extend and strengthen cell phone networks. Specifically, Corridor, a 3-year-old Santa Rosa, Calif. company, believes its gear can be used to transport cell signals over medium power lines into hard-to-reach cellular dead zones where it can be offloaded from the power grid via small pole- or wire-mounted antennas.

Corridor Systems is currently working with Pacific Gas & Electric on trials of BPL (broadband over power line) technology using microwave frequencies, not the much lower, longer range HF frequencies used by other systems.

(Link from Glenn Elmore)


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