High speed internet via electrical power lines

I have been reading that electric companies are going to get into the internet business by carrying digital signals VIA THE ELECTRIC POWER GRID! Essentially, this results in a modulated carrier frequency over all electrical wiring in your house, whether you want it or not! The FCC sees no problems (corporate profits never seem to be a problem for the FCC...note what has become of broadcast radio after deregulation!) and has approved some trials for power companies. Will there be problems for audiophiles from the resulting increased "grunge" on the power lines? Or will this be a non-factor.
I was waiting to see if there would be a post about this. I think it will make power regulators for our stereos a must. Filtering will become essential if this goes through. We shall see...
Another reason to hang onto my BPT 3.5 Signature!
As I understand it, they need to jumper the signals over the step down transformers anyway, so its not suddenly going to corrupt the entire power grid. I wouldn't worry about it until you start seeing ads from your local provider. That may, er, *never* happen. Just because the FCC authorizes it doesn't mean a viable business model exists.

It is already in use here in Cincinnati. We have a provider of BroadBand over PowerLines and it actually works very well. It was not offered as a trial or a pilot. It is full fledged, ongoing business AFAIK.

I don't know how it may affect audio components, but I do know the service works very well and it is cheaper than the cable companies offering. Also, no need to run cable into the house is a plus for many people. It works where ever there is an AC outlet in your house.


Interesting. But, just because it isn't a trial or pilot doesn't mean Cin isn't a test market--they may be operating at a significant loss.

There isn't anything new to using power lines as carriers. The problem is that the modulated signals don't pass through transformers very well. So, you need to have some box connecting either side of the transformer to put the signal back on. Heck, even in the local X10 systems, people often needed jumpers in the fuse box to connect different legs *inside a single house*. That stuff was pretty low speed/data rate signalling too.

As the third entrant in the market (behind the telco and the CATV co), the power company has to price itself to undercut the competition. I just think the business model is going to be a difficult case.
Repeating something I have noted before...I bought and installed a device that deliberately puts pulses on the power lines which supposedly keeps mice out of your walls. (So far I think this really does work, and it is based on some solid research). Anyway, I thought I would need to unplug the thing when I played the audio system. Not so. Evidently the power supplies in my equipment reject this noise (exactly as I would expect them to do). FWIW and IMHO.
If it's gonna be a problem that begs a solution, then some corporate profiteer will oblige us with one. Damn those capitalists :)
Eldartford, would you mind e-mailing me with the name of the mouse device?

Ditto, Eldartford.
For info see....www.global-instruments.com.

I have suggested that audiophiles might like to use this device to test their AC power conditioning equipment.
I also read in the Indy paper that Martiansville now is going to High speed internet over powerlines. The benefit to this is - All the lines accross the usa. I myself cannot get high speed internet because of where I live, Unless I look to the sky. Land line isn't in my area. Now if this works out I may be able to get high speed over the power lines, the lines all already their. Giving a service to someone who otherwise can't get it.. The lines all already their.. Increase in customer base.. The lines all already their.. Increase in profits... The lines are all ready their. This will be big, big, big. All that needs to be done is to install a transformer every 1/2 mile or so, as I understand it, because the line are all ready their!!!
I had a BSR X10 remote system thing, like you get at Radio Shack that turns outlets into remotes by sending a pulse through the line into a receiver, so you can imitate trailer trash and have a silent clapper that turns lights, appliances etc on / off by remote control.
When I installed my first power conditioner, suddenly the system didn't work anymore, and I then discovered I had to put the remote system on another circuit to get it to work again.
The moral of my story (could) be that power conditioners might have an effect upon the internet capabilities of the house electrical system.
That should be interesting.