We've heard about Google working on enabling the power grid to transmit data, and now Matshushita announced a chip that will turn the common electric socket into a connection to broadband internet. "Attach a special device made by Matsushita to a socket and all you have to do is plug your TV or other gadgets into a socket for instant connection to broadband."
That not only means faster and wider available connections. This also means easier access. Finally, advertisers' dreams of a smart fridge nagging people into buying more milk will come true. Incidentally, broadband-over-grid will also allow delivery of video content. Peer-to-peer content, too, between interconnected PVRs with 60 terrabytes of memory.