This LinuxWorld article is about Country Energy trialling broadband internet over power lines in Queanbeyan.
This is very cool! Users have a special modem that they can plug into any power point in their building for internet access. Currently, it’s 10Mbps but they’re about to upgrade equipment for a 200Mbps trial.
The downside is possible CB and HF radio interference, which Country Energy appear to be investigating by getting an expert from the UK to do emission testing. Also, Country Energy have to install special boxes on their power line network to convert signal to something that can be transmitted over power lines, and repeaters on poles to maintain the signal – you can imagine how much work this would involve over CE’s 195,000km of lines in NSW.
But imagine how cool this would be if it worked!
There’s some discussion of this story on another Canberra blog