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Broadband everywhere?

16 ноября 2005
According to recent reports, a San Diego firm called Nethercomm believes it's got the ultimate low-cost solution for broadband's last mile dilemma: Send those signals through natural gas pipes.

Yeah, really. And before you start snickering, we need to tell you that the guy behind the idea is Patrick Nunally, formerly CTO for Patriot Scientific, a company that designs microprocessor technology for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Nunally has more letters after his name that we can even count AND he holds 134 patents worldwide so clearly the man's no dummy.

Anyway, Nethercomm's idea is to use natural gas pipes (either metallic or non-) to distribute ultra wideband signals at speeds of 100 megabits per second across the last mile into people's homes. Cable companies (not surprisingly) are pooh poohing the idea. But the telcos, who face costs last-mile costs of $1,000 to $2,000 per customer, appear keen on learning more. (The gas solution, reportedly, would cost more like $500 per HH.)

A recent article in ZDNet cites West Technology Research Solutions as projecting 3.9 million gassy broadband households by 2008. So there you go. Broadband everywhere.

Источник: журнал SkyREPORT


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