electric line

a.k.a. power line

An overhead electric line (or underground power line) is used to transmit electrical energy along large distances.

Historical perspective: AT&T began testing the delivery of high-speed internet over power lines according to Reuters.com in 2018. The trials in rural Georgia and an undisclosed non- U.S. location mark the telecom giant’s latest attempt to deliver internet speed beyond the 1 gigabit–per-second standard expected from fiber service. The trial uses high-frequency airwaves that travel along electrical lines. Analysts say the service, which would be available anywhere with close proximity to power lines, could be a game changer. The wild card is that power companies in control of the lines need to be persuaded to support the service. AT&T is also testing 5G services delivered via radio signals.

NetLingo Classification: Net Hardware