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I wouldn't be surprised if Google also tackles online file sharing head on at some point. Perhaps people could choose different payment plans for broadband in the future. Tracks/videos which would have ids associated with them and could be downloaded legally by folk. At the end of the month the cost charged to your broadband account could be divided up and given to the artists / film companies. Google (or whoever) could take a cut or using advertising.
Seems like it has niche application - especially from a system reliability standpoint. I'm concerned over the ability to compete with things like fiber. Cable and the Bells (Verizon) are making a play for bandwidth. From what I've seen, PCL might never get there. Throw in WiMax and the scenario is even dimmer.
Current has a large contract (partner) with Cinergy. As I remember it, they were way behind their planned deployment and still hadn't invented an underground (burried electrical cables) solution.
I have this in Cinci. I pay $36 a month for 3mbs which I split the cost of with my neighbor.
You just call, give credit card, they mail you a wall adaptor, you plug it in, fire up a browser, activate the computer for use with the adaptor one time and go.
Easy as can be and a pretty terrific price.
I'm hoping that Google is investing because they believe that BPL can be done WITHOUT interference somehow. Either that or this is just the first sign that they are slipping from their "do no evil" mantra.
GoogleGuy where are you sir? Would love to hear your thoughts on this.
you are wrong. They have plenty of cash, and whatever they invested (less than $50 mil I bet) is NOTHING. You should be upset if Google did nothing and just counted on ad revenue. AOL made a billion or so off Google's IPO, if I remember correctly.
Its not the location, its the dirt cheap reliable $10 dial-up service.
If I were doing this as a biz I would go DSL in a flash.
"When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Cincinnati because
itís always 20 years behind the times." - Mark Twain
Twain should see Spokane, WA. I hear women still wear bee-hive haidos there. -Larry
hahahaha. I hate to break the news but they're not that altruistic, and rightfully so. They will make a killing with the book scanning. They are a publicly traded company, and owe it to the shareholders to try and make as much $$$ as possible...without compromisig their long term goals of course.
Larry, Where do you live that you are still on dialup?
For Larry it's choice, but for me it's not and I can't even get 56K (our phone system is on a pair gain which tops out at 26K). I live pretty far out in the country (nearest traffic light is 37 miles away) and in a tight valley with a lot of big timber. The folks who've tried satellite have had mixed experience trying to shoot the southern sky through the trees. Usually goes out in winter storms and is finicky in general.
We had 256KB for $162/mo, but then that company went out of business recently.
I've been watching this broadband over power lines for a long time (my cousin was in one of the first startups to get working on it) and am also watching Wi-Max with interest. I just wish that one of them would get out here ASAP. I have 15 people in my neighborhood I could sign up tomorrow if we could get DSL at the price it costs in the city, but it's probably never going to happen here.
So until they get those dirigibles [extremetech.com] up there, I'm still waiting... literally!
The problem is we will always be last because there's just not enough money to made off us - the neighborhood has existed since the late 1960s, but we didn't get phone service until 1992. Still no cell, broadband or cable here.