The quest for the last mile
November 21, 2002 3:30 PM   Subscribe

Stringing broadband connections through the city sewer system is a dirty smelly job but something has to do it! Check out the companies and the sewer-bots that are doing this dirty work.
posted by thedailygrowl (9 comments total)
Very cool.... well cool until one of these robots goes haywire and comes bursting out of the crapper trying to nip my ass while I'm trying to read the Sunday paper that is...
posted by zeoslap at 3:57 PM on November 21, 2002

WOW! Where's their phone number?

I can hear the conversation now:

"I live at 555 Main Street... I am running to the toilet right now... Just reach in and grab it huh? Okay, here goes nothin... "
posted by Big_B at 4:12 PM on November 21, 2002

Would it be wrong to make the worst pun available? I'll go ahead then....

It's a shitty job, but someone has to do it!

Ok, sorry everyone...I like Big B's line better anyway....
posted by Richat at 4:19 PM on November 21, 2002

okay, my turn, "God, there's nothing but crap on the Web"
posted by Peter H at 5:18 PM on November 21, 2002

But does broadband in the toilet improve your download speed?
posted by mr_crash_davis at 5:40 PM on November 21, 2002

"Hello? I'm finding it difficult to log off..."
posted by Pretty_Generic at 7:00 PM on November 21, 2002

This thread is in the crapper....I can just imagine Matt....FLUSH!
posted by SweetIceT at 7:42 PM on November 21, 2002

Must be for all the SPAM that they're planning to send.
posted by timecube at 12:28 PM on November 22, 2002

Wouldn't the cable make it hard to close the lid?

Seriously though, this seems like a smart and potentially workable solution to getting broadband access to homes and businesses without either pulling up roadways etc or stringing yet more cables on poles. Probably most useful to city areas where there are lots of apartment blocks, allowing multiple connections for each sewer line, rather than having to exit a cable for individual connections. ADSL keeps being quoted as the answer to all the barriers to getting broadband for everyone, but implementation seems to lag behind hype, as usual.
posted by dg at 7:03 PM on November 24, 2002

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