Comcast Gets Their Bits Together

Verizon has been making cable operators very nervous by offering their high-speed fiber-optic service, which will deliver phone and entertainment as well as internet access. Comcast is punching back by announcing they've got their  hands on a cable modem that can download data at a blistering 150 megabits per second.

The technology, called DOCSIS 3.0, was developed by the cable industry's research arm, Cable Television Laboratories. It bonds together four cable lines but is capable of allowing much more capacity. The laboratory said last month it expected manufacturers to begin submitting modems for certification under the standard by the end of the year.

In the presentation, ARRIS Group Inc. chief executive Robert Stanzione downloaded a 30-second, 300-megabyte television commercial in a few seconds and watched it long before a standard modem worked through an estimated download time of 16 minutes.

Stanzione also downloaded the 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica 2007 and Merriam-Webster's visual dictionary in under four minutes, when it would have taken a standard modem three hours and 12 minutes.

If you're like me, you've already memorized the Encyclopedia Britannica, so you don't need to download that. But you could watch Wheel Of Fortune while downloading pictures of cats with  I Can Has Cheezburger slogans at  blazing speeds.  Read how cable catches up- for now.
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