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BiG technology uses carrier-free wireless radio frequency (RF) transmission similar to a conventional radio station broadcasting through the atmosphere.
BiG signals travel through the hollow center of existing NG distribution pipes like a coaxial cable, with the gas being the conductive private atmosphere.
I think that we've been here before with Internet over powerlines, etc.
Utility companies!= natural/good ISPs, just for a start. Nor is supplying wholesale IP bandwidth a core skill/activity. Heck, the telcos find it hard to make this a core skill!
Except in a small number of cases there are already several cost-effective "last-mile" technical solutions, some of which right now struggle to compete with boring old cable/xDSL.
"a massive explosion devasted several blocks in the silicon valley when hackers tried to tap into west coast info superhighway..."
I guess they'll have to start squeezing the crap out of cows.
Hahahaha KenB you crack me up sometimes.
There's gotta be a cow-tipping joke in here somewhere...
Seriously though I find it hard to believe that a signal could remain strong and unfragmented in a system like this. But technology has surprised me before!
You're going to have to force natural gas distribution companies or this will never happen.
These guys are looking for new ways to expand their profit margin so dangling a carrot in front of their face is probably sufficient arm twisting.
Besides, if I understand the technology, they install a WIFI connection at a logical place on the pipeline and don't actually tap into pipes located in peoples houses which makes the cost of implementation a lot cheapr and a lot safer.
That's not how it works - they could care less about carrots. And they could care less about profit margins.
Most Local Distribution Companies in the US are regulated. They have allowed rates of return. Any money they make would be returned to ratepayers and simply act to lower their distribution charges.
It's simply not worth the hastle. Oh, and yes I worked in the rates department for a very large electric and gas company...
you know what happens when water and sewer get involved too?
We switch to WirelessPEE
[edited by: Powdork at 6:19 am (utc) on Sep. 25, 2006]