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A special modem connects broadband to the power system enabling Internet access at cable-access speed through any electrical outlet. It also provides an instant PC network and can be used for VoIP phones.
There's also the underground route that broadband signals can take through existing power lines.
Workers must hang off telephone polls to install couplers and bridges to direct the signal.
Equipment needed to install the broadband signal.
Current supplies power management software to monitor the system.