Thursday, July 07, 2005
Google Over The Powerlines?
From India Times.com Google to back broadband venture
Very interesting...closer to creating their own infrastructure. Broadband Over Powerlines BPL is a technology I have thought could allow broadband to be deployed rapidly with minimal costs.
In developing countries, an electrical outlet is found in 90% of the homes, but the figure for a phone line is minimal.
Google Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Hearst Corp are investing about $100 million in Current Communications Group, a start-up that offers high-speed Internet connections over electricity lines, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday
Current Communications, of Germantown, Maryland, uses a technology that sends Internet signals over regular power lines, the newspaper said, citing people familiar with the situation
How much does Google spend on adding more servers? How much would it cost to make cities, counties, countries broadband enabled by enabling Internet over the powerlines?
Next question. If Google DID enable broadband through powerlines, could they ALSO attach a WiMAx/Wi-Fi to a powerbox on every street corner and offer a truly ubiquitous society?