October 23, 2008
It’s been in the works for a long time, but now it’s finally real. The first baby steps have been taken. Comcast Corp announced that it is now rolling out DOCSIS 3.0 “wideband” internet service for its subscribers, which will increase maximum line speed to 50 Mbps.
The deployment starts with a handful of markets – New England, Philadelphia, and New Jersey – but should be available in the top 10 markets nationwide by the end of the year.
And here is the rub, costs to the subscriber are climbing. Wideband service will be available to subscribers under two different prices: $62.95 or $139.95 a month for residential customers, and $99.95 or $189.95 a month for businesses. The higher priced “Extreme 50” service offers speeds of up to 50 Mbps downstream 10 Mbps upstream, while “Ultra” service offers half the bandwidth for half the price.
Current DOCSIS 2.0 speeds top out at around 38 Mbps for downstream service, per channel. DOCSIS 3.0 allows ISPs to bond multiple channels into a single connection, allowing for up to an eight-fold increase in speed – up to 300 Mbps in the U.S. and 400 Mbps in Europe. Furthermore, the new specification adds full support for IPv6.
Future versions of DOCSIS could see downstream speeds crossing the 1 Gbit/s mark, as the maximum number of bonded channels is allowed to increase; DOCSIS 3.0 allows for 10 channels to be bonded.
Existing customers will see benefits too, and can expect the speed of their service to double. Existing customers must upgrade to a DOCSIS 3.0 compatible modem for the higher speeds.
Worried about Verizon’s fiber to the home — Competition is great. Just think about what life would be like with only a pedestrian, Obama approved, broadband system — Yech.
October 11, 2008
Strident Obama backer, Bernadine Dohrn (aka Mrs. William Ayers) speaks to a reunion of the radical Students For A Democratic Society about overthrowing capitalism and other such topics on November 30, 2007, via YouTube:
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October 9, 2008
Comcast says they’ll have 20% of their markets upgraded with faster DOCSIS 3.0 50Mbps speeds by the end of the year, and all customers will be upgraded by the end of 2010. Still, the only market deployed so far is Minneapolis/St. Paul — where users can buy a 50Mbps downstream 5Mbps upstream connection for $150 per month. Additional launch markets should be coming very soon — users have seen testing in New England at night.
The bad news is it’s likely price tag is $150 a month. Comcast is also reported to be looking at a 22Mbps/5Mbps price somewhere between today’s $70 a month low end tier and the high priced tier.
The new system runs DOCSIS 3.0 features management over IPv6 and channel bonding, which enables multiple downstream and upstream channels to be used together at the same time by a single subscriber.
It won’t be long before video, phone and the Internet become one.
Recently we have installed a “Magic Jack” Internet phone, and the results have been satisfactory if not overwhelming. It suffers from the same ‘overload problem’ at peak times that most Internet phones do, but the quality is fine. I put in a new wireless three phone set for use with it, and the new all digital DECT 6.0 system seems to deliver on it’s promise of voice quality and the feature set is very good. It integrates most other accessories into a single receiver system. But the range in some homes with metal AC ducting may still be limited — As is our case. The only bad is the host computer must be on to work, which requires power to run.
October 9, 2008
The more you look, the more you find, it would appear the cold is scaring off the hysterical. Now comes the ‘even ifs’ out of the woodwork. It starts slow, forcing the sky is falling metaphor on the public, but then comes this little rejoinder … If you want to destroy the US economy and cripple it just like Europe’s moribund economy, then as the Times Herald states …
Obama-Biden, the only hope
Even if climate change has nothing to do with carbon output and we had easy, cheap access to all the oil in the Persian Gulf and everywhere else, it’s still a fossil fuel and that means when it’s gone , it’s gone. Renewable energy is the undeniable future, and if we don’t act soon to vastly reduce the fossil energy we use we are all going to regret it, red states and blue. Which candidate is going to use the power of the government, and that’s what it’s going to take, to put solar panels and space-age insulation on every home in America? Who’s going to tell the big three auto makers to put energy efficient cars on the market now, or the government will do it for them? Right now Ford is selling a car that gets 65 mpg, only not in America, in Europe! They want to unload all their gas hogs here before they’ll sell the new technology to us!
You do see the trend, it’s subtle, the old sell the misery as beneficial, just in case, by saying nothing is lost by spending all that money, it’s not for naught.
Never occurs to any of these do-gooders that if the product they are hawking was of any use to people, the product would already be on the market and selling briskly. Take the issue of the 65 mpg car, who wants to buy a flat little car, as opposed to a safer bigger car that will protect the occupants in the event of an accident.
The real problem confronting the hysterics is the quite sun and what that may mean for occupants of planet Earth. Does anyone know that answer?
October 8, 2008
Nuclear power is ramping up worldwide. China is leading the charge, with a plant to construct nuclear reactors on an assembly line. The process was designed by Toshiba’s Westinghouse division.
October 8, 2008
John Bird and John Fortune (the Long Johns) brilliantly, and accurately, describing the mindset of the investment banking community in this satirical interview.
October 8, 2008
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