In The Future, The Internet Can Give You Gas

November 11th, 2005 | by Mike |

Nethercomm, a San Diego based company, has announced its plans to try to deliver internet connectivity via the gas lines that run into most homes. They claim that the technology, based on a ultra wideband wireless signal, can deliver up to 100 megabits per second to every home. Of course, none of this is tested…or built…and there is no actual findings that this can even be done. Basically, they have squat…which to me sounds like a perfect time to announce their new “product” to the world.

“When I first heard about it, it seemed pretty outrageous,” said Joe Posewick, president of EN Engineering, an engineering firm that helps natural gas companies build distribution facilities. “But the more we talked to Nethercomm and other experts in the industry, the more we realized that it could be a viable technology that could revolutionize the natural-gas industry.

“Of course, we have to see if it really works,” Posewick added. “There’s been no proof of concept yet.”

They say that pumping the wireless signal through the lines in the ground will keep it from being interfered with by other, more powerful, signals that are all around, a major issue with high-speed wireless. Here are some more made up numbers:

Delivering broadband through gas pipes could be much cheaper than technology available today, according to a recent study by West Technology Research Solutions. The analyst firm estimates it would cost a phone company about $500 per customer to deploy broadband in gas pipes. Deploying DSL over its existing copper infrastructure costs about $1,000 per customer. Fiber to the home is even more expensive, costing about $2,000 per customer.
…3.9 million households will subscribe to broadband services delivered through gas pipes by 2008. And by 2010, he predicts that number will grow to 18.6 million subscribers.

Are these guys high?! These numbers are complete shit because they don’t even know if it will work. They don’t even have a freaking prototype yet! Show me something first, show me wireless internet traveling through a straight 12 ft piece of pipe. Show me something before you tell me how cheap it will be and that I’ll have in my house in 2 years. If Cheech and Chong were into computers, these are the types of conversations they would have. I’m not saying it won’t ever happen…but there sure is a lot of talk about some technology that hasn’t gotten past the “Dude, you know what would be sweet?” stage.

Link: CNet | Gas pipe broadband?

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