Broadband Over Power Line Gets a KO Punch

The great broadband hope, “Broadband over Power Line,” has turned out to be a big broadband nope. Not that I am surprised. I never believed its promise, even despite the incessant hype by none other than the FCC. A court’s decision has proven me right: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit pretty much concludes that the FCC was misguided and overenthusiastic about BPL, and that it ignored the interference data.

Both former FCC chairman Michael Powell and the org’s current head, Kevin Martin, talked up this technology, even as broadband experts continued to voice their doubts about its viability. All this positive talk led to the investment of millions of dollars and the chasing of what turned out to be a chimera. Google, for instance, bet big on Current Communications, a company that so far has delivered more headlines than broadband over power lines.

Our good friend Karl over at DSL Reports points us to a story in The Dallas Morning News that says the largest BPL deployment in the U.S. is being sold to a local utility that, rather than consumer broadband service, will use it for electrical grid monitoring. Oops!