Verizon Challenges DOCSIS 3.0 – They’re Wrong, So Wrong [CableTechTalk]
Telephone company Verizon posted a criticism of the DOCSIS 3.0 high speed broadband cable modem protocol on their public policy blog over the weekend. But Verizon's post missed several key facts about the architecture of DOCSIS 3.0. Verizon's post is part of their aggressive marketing campaign for their FiOS, fiber-to-the-home product, which competes with cable broadband in some markets.
CableTechTalk effectively rebuts Verizon's arguements about DOCSIS 3.0. No, cable customers won't experience a degraded experience with DOCSIS 3.0 - quite the contrary, with DOCSIS 3.0 speeds debuting at 50 Mbps and 60 Mbps, depending on the cable operator. And yes, Verizon's FiOS product combines customer connections at a single point, just like cable nodes combine groups of cable broadband users. There's not a difference in architecture that gives FiOS a leg up on DOCSIS 3.0.
While DOCSIS 3.0 speeds are just beginning to roll out among a few cable companies, the availability of DOCSIS 3.0 broadband to consumers will evenutally far surpass Verizon's plans to offer FiOS to a measly 13 percent of the U.S. population. Cable operators currently offer broadband that is available to over 90 percent of U.S. households.