Powerline Broadband comes to NYC

Crain’s New York Business is reporting that EarthLink will soon start selling its service over Con Ed’s power lines in Manhattan in the next several months, following an FCC vote last week to set new ground rules for commercial deployment of the service. The company is working with Con Ed, EarthLink and technology services company Ambient Corp. to work out a plan for the service in NYC. I am pretty sure there are going to be tests, and all that stuff, and perhaps, and perhaps some day in the future we can see access coming over the creaky Con-Ed lines. Who knows that like residents of Allentown, Manhattanites might also like BPL.

It works pretty well,” said Sarah Raynock of Emmaus, a business consultant who works at home. ”It’s probably about as fast as I’m going to get.” Many people have found BPL to be a viable alternative to other sources of residential high-speed Internet access, primarily cable broadband or digital subscriber line — DSL — service. But some have been disappointed. ”First, it never worked correctly. I was dumped constantly. Speed was slightly better than dial-up,” Robert Erbeau, a mailing list broker who also works at home in Emmaus, said in an e-mail. ”I feel ripped off … I certainly never received what I paid for.”

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