[SATLUG] comcast to offer 50 mbits down, 5 up in MN

Borries Demeler demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu
Thu Apr 3 09:02:09 CDT 2008


I'd sure like the 5 mbits up!
-b.


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April 2, 2008,  6:06 pm
Comcast to Bring Speedier Internet to St. Paul

By Brad Stone

Minnesota sports teams are not known for coming in first. But the Twin
Cities are now out in front in at least one respect: Comcast plans to
announce tomorrow that it is beginning the rollout of a new broadband
Internet technology in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region, starting this
week.

The technology, Docsis 3.0, is a bandwidth hog's dream: Internet users
'an feast on download speeds of up to 50 megabits per second and upload
speeds of 5 megabits per second. Comcast's chief executive, Brian
Roberts, demonstrated the technology at the Consumer Electronics Show
earlier this year by downloading a high-definition copy of the movie
"Batman Begins." It took just four minutes.

The service is pricey. In the Twin Cities, the new tier will be offered
at $150 a month, as compared to an 8-megabit-per-second download tier
now offered at $53 and a 6-megabit-per-second download tier at $43.

Docsis 3.0 (the acronym stands for Data Over Cable Systems Interface
Specifications) gives cable companies like Comcast a competitive offering
to IPTV services like Verizons' FiOS, which can reach similar speeds in
some areas of the country. Docsis 3.0 works by bonding together four
channels - each could otherwise be used for an analog TV broadcast -
and allowing them to be used as one big data pipe. In regions where
infrastructure is constrained, Comcast will make room for the expanded
bandwidth by pulling back some analog channels and using sometimes
controversial compression techniques on its other bundled services.

Mitch Bowling, a senior vice president at Comcast, said the company would
make Docsis 3.0 available to 20 percent of homes in areas it serves in
2009 and will finish the rollout to the rest of the country by 2010.

"This creates more choice and an additional tier of products for our
customers in all our markets once it's deployed," Mr. Bowling said. "It's
also a platform that application developers will take advantage of
to build new innovative applications that can get the most out of the
new technology."



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