Here at the 2009 Cable Show in Washington DC, the cable industry has over 20,000 square feet of exhibit space dedicated to giving convention-goers and policy makers a hands-on opportunity to experience the products and services that cable companies are bringing to consumers today and in the future. Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke cut the ribbon on Broadband Nation. After the ribbon cutting, Secretary Locke made some brief comments.
Broadband Nation offers a glimpse of Main Street America and the life-changing technologies that cable has brought into our lives. At Dr. Al Better's office, telemedicine technologies are on display, and over at Broadband Horizon Middle School convention visitors can see a demonstration of distance learning technologies -- all powered by cable's broadband pipe. There's even a vehicle equipped with the latest 4G mobile broadband. Cable products on display in Broadband Nation include DOCSIS 3.0 broadband, tru2way interactive television, voice over IP solutions, WiMAX mobile broadband, and more. And the U2 concert in high def 3-D is awesome.
Thirty-five companies contributed to the technologies that power Broadband Nation's homes and businesses. If you're at the Cable Show, I encourage you to spend some time in Broadband Nation to see the neat products on display. I'm sure after you play one of the 3D video games at Broadband Theater or interact with the tru2way televisions in the Lofts on Fast Lane you will be looking forward to the day in the very near future when these products are widely available to customers of America's cable companies.