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A Bit Out There? Google's Right There

By - July 07, 2005

CurrentOne of the things I like about Google is its penchant for stuff that’s, well, a bit out there. Like IP over power lines. It actually works, though. And it’s a bit more realistic than, say, carbon nanotubes to the moon.

From an Reuters report:

Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) , Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Hearst Corp. are investing about $100 million in Current Communications Group, a start-up that offers high-speed Internet connections over electricity lines, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Current Communications, of Germantown, Maryland, uses a technology that sends Internet signals over regular power lines, the newspaper said, citing people familiar with the situation.

Current’s site is here.

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3 thoughts on “A Bit Out There? Google's Right There

  1. Great another small company

  2. Fortino says:

    I can’t believe this is a reality. I was just saying to some co-workers this would a killer app if some electricity company got their act together.


  3. extenze says:

    You’re refering to “BPL” or “Broad Band Over Power Lines”. It sounds incredible however if that was the case why have so many other countries said “no” to BPL. I know it will interfere with all the amateur ham radio operators but I can’t help thinking there is some other issue not being told to the American people.