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From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Wed Jun 07 2000 - 04:01:19 PDT

Date: Wed, 31 May 2000 08:05:58 -0400
From: "R Bakowski" <>
Subject: India plans to piggyback internet on railway control cables

May 30, 2000

As reported by the BBC today, India has embarked on a pilot project to bring
affordable Internet service to rural India by exploiting the "almost always"
available spare capacity of the electrified railway tracks' communications
and control cabling. Included in the plan are cybercafe kiosks at railway
stations along the project's initial 40km stretch of track as well as
wireless service from one of the stations to surrounding homes. There are
more than 60,000 km of railway in India.

Looks like an accident waiting for a moment to happen.

Ron Bakowski, Belwood Information Technologies Inc.

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