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January 16, 2007



Of course the big telcos and cable companies are trying to shut it back down; that's why they're against net neutrality.



The electrical system will never be open platform. Net metering is still not available in all states even today and sending electricity back down the wire is dangerous unless it is strictly regulated and monitored.

Off grid and small scale are something altogether different and much easier than grid connection. However, they are not interesting to most entrpreneurs and business strategists. I know because I've been trying to interest MIT students and professors in small scale solar for over a decade now with absolutely zero response.

In Afghanistan, the US is giving Afghanis solar/dynamo radios designed in the UK and manufactured in China. It would be a trivial modification to add the capacity to charge AA batteries. The ability to charge AA batteries would allow battery switching and the use of other small electrical devices like an LED light or a cell phone.

We are ignoring the obvious and will pay for it dearly.


You also have to consider what type of regulations are interfering with increased innovation. Another problem is the tax incentives in politically approved technologies (such as solar, hybrids, etc.) will shift capital away from where it would go in an unregulated market and fund projects that will ultimately fail (I am not making an argument about the viability of specific technologies.) Ultimately, John is right, the market will do so on its own (how this will happen I am not capable of hazarding a guess, however.)


John Robb

A great example of that is how regulations that enabled unlimited local calling served as a catalyst for the propagation of the Internet.


Check the guerrilla solar movement : http://www.homepower.com/magazine/guerrilla.cfm

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