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What about SpaceX, or Internet over Power Lines?

SpaceX is undertaking an ambitious program to launch 12,000 low earth orbit satellites to provide world wide internet service. The idea is awesome. When will it materialize? How expensive is it to launch a rocket? The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Internet over power lines is another great idea that fails when loaded. The power lines carry current and are exposed, making them become essentially, antennas, and therefore susceptible to interference. If you have Internet over power lines, you need lots of filtering devices to clean up the signals and “noise” caused by all the other things in your house, like microwaves and other appliances. Even so, the speeds just are not what we really want or need. Works, but it’s not practical.

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