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Internet over natural gas pipelines?

Jung

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http://www.nethercomm.com/headline2.htm
NETHERCOMM PIONEERS BREAKTHROUGH WIRELESS LAST-MILE TECHNOLOGY TO DELIVER TELEVISION, PHONE AND INTERNET SERVICES THROUGH NATURAL GAS PIPELINES PROVIDING LIMITLESS BANDWIDTH

SAN DIEGO, CA-May 3, 2005 – Nethercomm Corporation, the leading innovator of subterranean broadband communications, announces the development of Broadband-in-Gas (BiG) Technology. This technology is designed to effectively multiply the current available bandwidth of cable television and all other broadband systems with data capacities exceeding ten gigabits. Broadband-in-Gas delivers unmatched levels of connectivity by making use of Ultra Wideband technology to wirelessly broadcast information in a way that is both safe and reliable by using the private spectrum isolated within natural gas pipelines.

Nethercomm’s technology requires no modification to existing natural gas distribution infrastructures and can carry enormous amounts of data by simply making use of the entire spectrum buried within the existing natural gas pipelines. The technology delivers connectivity over the last mile of broadband networks without interference or degradation of other wireless transmissions. By not consuming or sharing costly spectrum, and not requiring installation of last mile cable or fiber, Nethercomm is prepared to make broadband substantially more affordable while increasing end-user bandwidth to unprecedented levels.

"Our Broadband-in-Gas technology represents a completely new era of low cost access to broadband services and a completely new alternative to cable video, phone and data services," states Ann Nunally, President and COO of the San Diego-based Nethercomm Corporation. She went on to say, "We believe we are the only company with an Intellectual Property portfolio which addresses wireless broadband communication in natural gas pipelines and have been extremely tight-lipped about this innovation until our Patent Portfolio foundation was completely in place.”

Nethercomm is currently developing natural gas, broadband and consumer electronics partnerships to validate and certify its revolutionary technology for use in existing natural gas pipelines. Simply statehttp://www.nethercomm.com/headline2.htmd, Nethercomm introduces signals into the gas lines using inexpensive equipment located at existing neighborhood network hubs and extracts data at the customer or business premises with end user-installed equipment which can operate seamlessly with most existing and deployed digital set-top boxes.

“Broadband-in-Gas has the potential to revolutionize the natural gas distribution and gas transmission industries,” stated Joe Posewick, President of EN Engineering a key designer of natural gas infrastructures. He went on to say “These utilities could both increase profit and decrease cost to their customers with very little investment”

Nethercomm’s Broadband-in-Gas provides an unmatched opportunity for natural gas utility operators and cable/broadband industry leaders to accommodate new technologies, such as High Definition Television, which have been extremely difficult to fulfill due to the significantly higher bandwidth requirements.

Nethercomm is a private Delaware Corporation, developing innovative and proprietary communication technologies for the fast-growing broadband and wireless markets. The company’s portfolio of patents encompasses what is believed to be fundamental subterranean broadband communication and includes additional patents pending to protect its technology and architecture.
What the fuck? No.
 

Cyn

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Uhhhhhh, Ok. What's next? UPS Pizza.

"Uhhh, yea we just found a way to utilize all the extra space in the back of the truck. So, while on route the UPS guy can now cook your pizza right there while on his way to his next stop. It's in it's early stage right now so we have to limit our pizza sells.", said a spokesperson for UPS today.
 

WTFNation

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That's the most bizarre fucking thing I've heard in a while. What the fuck is this 'internet' thing they're talking about?!?? Crazy Californians...

Pahaaaa - INTERNET... Yah right!
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bnccoder

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WTFNation said:
That's the most bizarre fucking thing I've heard in a while. What the fuck is this 'internet' thing they're talking about?!?? Crazy Californians...

Pahaaaa - INTERNET... Yah right!
:rofl:
Quality posting and public education in action.
 

FUCKORBEFUCKED

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Some time ago a company was going to try it over power line and the electrical system.

Never really happened. :thumbsdn:
 

Jung

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I think they plan on using the gas pipe as a faraday cage. That would allow them to use signals within the entire public spectrum without having to worry about creating or receiving interference from sources outside of the pipe. Problem is, this is like putting an aerosol in a microwave. I don't like this at all.

Edit: I'm also at a loss as to how the input and exit points would be safe.
FUCKORBEFUCKED said:
Some time ago a company was going to try it over power line and the electrical system.

Never really happened. :thumbsdn:
Both power line Ethernet and Ethernet over power are actually used today. Just like this, Ethernet over power was cerated to be a last-mile technology. There are just better technologies out there for 90% of situations.
 

jamesp

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Well, natural gas pipelines are made from plastic, but are, obvioulsy, always grounded, so there would really be no way for static electricity to create a problem. Not to mention the rigorous testing they would have to do due to government regulations on gas pipes and such, so i dont really see a problem with input/exit points. I kinda like the idea.
 

Billybob

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FUCKORBEFUCKED said:
Some time ago a company was going to try it over power line and the electrical system.

Never really happened. :thumbsdn:
that's how my home network works. so I think it exists.
 

Jung

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jamesp said:
Not to mention the rigorous testing they would have to do due to government regulations on gas pipes and such, so i dont really see a problem with input/exit points. I kinda like the idea.
That's all fine and dandy when you're just transporting gas, but it becomes a bit more complicated when you add this onto it. I'm not doubting that the lines, as is, are up to spec, but when we start adding the electronics to extract the signal from the pipe it gets a bit dangerous. You'd have to extract the signal fairly close to the pipe, because of frequency leakage and you'd be limited to how far you could go without gas without the need for a repeater.
 

ferengi

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Fascinating. Simply... fascinating. I'd have to say I agree with Jung though - seems to be some issues with safety.