Google wants to be your Internet

Marshall Eubanks tme at
Tue Jan 23 23:26:57 UTC 2007


On Jan 22, 2007, at 6:52 PM, Daniel Golding wrote:

> 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.

If they control the network, why is doing this with IPv6 out of the  
question ?

It seems like a good fit to me.


> - 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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