High Speed Internet Over Electric Lines

I wrote about this once before, but it’s getting closer. CenterPoint Energy has teamed up with IBM to offer a pilot program of high speed internet over your regular electric lines.

The company that owns the power lines throughout Houston is running a pilot of the system in a Greenway Plaza-area residential neighborhood, offering Internet access at speeds more than one-and-a-half times the speed of services offered through cable modems.

The technology, called broadband over power lines, or BPL, has long been used by power companies to monitor and manage their electric grids, said Thomas Standish, chief operating officer of CenterPoint’s Electric and Information Technology business.

Soon, bro. Soon you can join the 21st century.

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