Re Expanding broadband to bail out economies ???

Michael O'Dell mo at
Fri Feb 27 21:03:25 CST 2009

having just looked at all this *again* for the day job,
WildBlue seems to be the better of the two games in town,
the other being the Big Satellite, er Huge Satellite guys.

WildBlue's market is areas with < 100 homes/square-mile

some of the BPL guys are respinning their story so they
can claim "demand response control" and "intelligent metering".
demand-response is where the power company turns off your
air conditioner when you need it the most, and intelligent
metering is, well, a rate table that changes at least hourly
if not much, much faster. that's the Louisville Slugger part
of "carrot and stick".

maybe the BPLers figure that getting in bed with Grid Greening
will make them more immune from those other pesky regulations.
or they are desperate for any story that will let them keep
burning money like it's going out of style.

the folks at Current up in Germantown have burned through
400 million and the word is they are out trying to raise money again.
how many times do you have to turn off the hot water heater to recover
200 million? i dunno.........


Metavox LLC wrote:
> Dave,
> OK, I get it sort of.  First, I have a bean here.  Next I have three 
> shells and then I move them all around while talking fast and furious. 
> Finally, tell me which shell the bean is underneath.
> Motorola tested and demonstrated a system to ARRL that both worked and 
> did not interfere in the ham bands.  With a wave of the hand, IBM may 
> have something under the shell or maybe not or they will just punt. 
> Where is their BPL?
> Oh yes.  One more thing, the BPL systems do not go much further than 300 
> feet from injector to injector unless they have the transmit level 
> turned up past the Part 15 levels.  I do not see these distances being 
> useful in rural systems.
> I need to get out my all digital Ouija board to figure this all out.  I 
> think I feel a headache coming on.  Meanwhile, don't give up your 
> WildBlue satellite system.  It may still be the best you can get.  Folks 
> here in Washington are out having a smoke-in with some really funny 
> smelling stuff while mumbling BPL... BPL... BPL...
> Frank K0BRA
> Dave wrote:
>>   Being in one of those rural areas (north-central Idaho) where there is 
>> no DSL, no cable, and voice only cell towers and lots of mountains and 
>> valleys, I would love to see it.  But, I am not going to hold my 
>> breath.  Every time someone comes up with a new broadband plan to help 
>> the rural areas, it gets deployed in the big cities.   For now I will 
>> have to be happy with Wildblue(2 way satellite) at $79.97/mo for 1.5Mbit 
>> down/256K up.
>> Dave - WB6DHW
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