US Cable super fast by 2013 and will get stimulus

US Cable companies, which have begun to deploy new technology that will enable them to deliver faster Internet speeds to customers, should have the enhanced broadband service available to nearly all of their customers within the next five years, according to a forecast by market research provider Pike & Fischer.

DOCSIS 3.0 will help cable operators better manage their networks, cut their operational costs, and significantly increase their high-speed Internet revenue, P&F notes. The research house also predicts that DOCSIS 3.0 will garner a lot of support from government officials distributing funds from the economic stimulus package.

"Considering the massive bandwidth increases that will be enabled by upgrading DOCSIS 2.0 to 3.0, the government is likely to view DOCSIS 3.0 as a most feasible and affordable near-term solution to perceived bandwidth scarcities," says P&F Chief Analyst Tim McElgunn.

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