The State of Docsis 3.0 [Light Reading – The Bauminator]
The National Cable & Telecommunications Association has released the results of a recent study of broadband deployment in a letter to the FCC. According to these results, 60 percent of all U.S. households have had DOCSIS 3.0, cable's advanced broadband standard, deployed by their cable providers. By the end of 2011, that number is expected to be as high as 77 percent.
The report not only shows the overall success of DOCSIS 3.0, but also highlights the fact that DOCSIS 3.0 is making its way to smaller, more rural areas as well – independent from government intervention. This is important information for the FCC's current considerations regarding the National Broadband Plan and Universal Service Fund reform.
Regardless of how the FCC chooses to use this information in its future rule makings, it shows very significant progress in DOCSIS 3.0 roll out in the very brief time it has been in existence. DOCSIS 3.0 first hit the market when Comcast deployed it in Minnesota back in April of 2008.