Comcast gave one lucky customer in Philadelphia early access to Gigabit internet service, which won’t officially launch until 2016. This new type of modem – known as a DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem – allows speeds that were only available via fiber optics until now. Before releasing the new technology they are also doing tests in California and Atlanta.
Google Fiber and AT&T have been offering different forms of Gigabit internet service for a while now, but this technology is different. With fiber optics, networks have to be completely redone, and laying new cable is an arduous expensive process. Using a DOCSIS 3.1 modem only requires a new modem being put into the network. As the internet becomes even more media rich and an increasing number of channels offer app based alternatives, faster internet and more reliable connections are essential to marketers and the future viability of cable companies like Comcast.
This is a fine step in the right direction until the light wifi we wrote about a few weeks ago finally comes to fruition!
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