Google wants to be your Internet

Daniel Golding dgolding at
Mon Jan 22 23:52:45 UTC 2007

One interesting point - they plan to use Broadband over Power Line  
(BPL) technology to do this. Meter monitoring is the killer app for  
BPL, which can then also be used for home broadband, Meter reading is  
one of the top costs and trickiest problems for utilities.

- Dan

On Jan 22, 2007, at 12:28 PM, Niels Bakker wrote:

> * nanog at (Jim Shankland) [Mon 22 Jan 2007, 18:21 CET]:
>> "Travis H." <travis+ml-nanog at> writes:
>>> IIRC, someone representing the electrical companies approached  
>>> someone representing network providers, possibly the IETF, to ask  
>>> about the feasibility of using IP to monitor the electrical  
>>> meters throughout the US....
>>> The response was "yeah, well, maybe with IPv6".
>> Which is nonsense.  More gently, it's only true if you not only  
>> want to use IP to monitor electrical meters, but want the use the  
>> (global) Internet to monitor electrical meters.
>> I'd love to hear the business case for why my home electrical  
>> meter needs to be directly IP-addressable from an Internet cafe in  
>> Lagos.
> It's not nonsense.  Those elements need to be unique.  RFC1918  
> isn't unique enough (think what happens during a corporate merger).
> 	-- Niels.

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