There’s been a lot of news lately concerning DOCSIS 3.0, also referred to as wideband. For all intents and purposes, wideband is the cable industry’s answer to FTTH. Larger MSOs including Comcast and Cox have begun their wideband roll out. Now smaller cable MSO Mediacom is about to join the party. Mediacom serves primarily tier two and three markets and has considerable rural territory. They announced their DOCSIS 3.0 intentions during their quarterly earnings conference call and speculation is they will offer broadband speeds of 50 Mbps to 60 Mbps. Cable Digital News reports that Mediacom says DOCSIS 3.0 will be available to half of their homes passed by the end of 2009. Mediacom currently offers a 20 Mbps ‘Online Max’ tier for $60/month (requires a cable TV and/or phone subscription). No word on Mediacom wideband pricing.
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