Powerful powerline: Liverpudlians to get 200 Mbps access, Augustans get fiber

Belying the belief that broadband over powerline is a slow medium with limited possibilities, Liverpool, UK is launching a trial delivering 200 Mbps speeds to 1,000 homes over existing power cables.

The project uses technology from Powerline Communications and will work alongside new smart meters that are being deployed across the entire U.K. The powerline-fitted smart meters are designed to provide more information on energy usage and consumption; the fast broadband trial will be aimed at seeing how well power lines work as broadband conductors in a new housing development.

Closer to home, Augusta, Ga., fast becoming known as more than the site of the annual Masters Golf Tournament, is building a 200-mile fiber optic ring for residential broadband Internet and municipal services. It will even in the end have a wireless link thanks to dozens of free WiFi hotspots in public facilities like parks, libraries and community centers.

Augusta, the more informed already know, is the test bed for a radically different Comcast cable box with multiple tuners and Internet connectivity.

For more:
- see this story
- and this story

Related articles:
Telecom turkeys: Manassas, Va.'s broadband over powerline network
Powerline standard approved; 500 Mbps data rates open new vistas
Augusta, Ga. becoming Comcast set-top technology testing hotbed
Augusta, Ga. believes it has found muni-WiFi secret

Suggested Articles

AMSTERDAM – Charter and ActiveVideo, the company’s joint venture with CommScope, provided an update on the rollout of the cable provider’s next-generation…

Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, is launching Comcast Spotlight TV Ad Planner, a self-service buying option.

Comcast and a host of cable programmers are suing Maine and 17 small towns in the state to block a law aimed at making cable providers sell channels on an à la…