South Bend, IN
reply to iansltx
Re: BPL to the rescue
Interference is a NON-issue with modern BPL technology and PROPER installations.
It boils down to money, pure and simple. Every ISP on the market stands to loose customers if another company enters the market with a competing product. It is in their best interest to prevent such an entrant.
As for cost, BPL you will find is the cheapest as the wiring is already in place. Fiber is about $.66 /meter. The equipment is god awful expensive.
With BPL you could easily have Data/Voice & TV service for say $75 a month TOPS. and that's at typical markups in markets where it's deployed. In the average market a buyer gets 9mb BPL service, and can allocate up to an 3MB per service, but we know that great quality VoIP can be had for little of no bandwidth at all, TV & Data, depending on usage, can share the remaining 8mb without a problem. You want HD TV, No problem. Upgrade to 18mb service and viola problem solved for a mere $15 more.
As long as superstition prevails, we will fall short of eradicating war, poverty, and hunger. -J. Fresco
BPL in other countries may be doable, BPL in the US is not. A lot of our powerlines have very little (or even no) shielding. We've tried it and failed. Power over unshielded lines causes massive amounts of interference (it's physics, not politics.) In adddition, power companies can't get the kind of margins they need to make up the cost of deployment. (politics, not physics.) In some cases we are talking 100 miles (160+ kilometers) just to service 2-5 households.
·Verizon Online DSL
reply to ctceo
As Eek2121 mentioned, the question lies in whether power lines elsewhere, where BPL works, are shielded? 'cuz in the US they tend not to be.
As for fiber costs, media converters are cheap. PON gear is more expensive but not prohibitively so. Otherwise EPB wouldn't have done what it did.