Cable To Provide "Dramatically" Faster Internet By 2013: Pike & Fischer

On the same day the government launched its stimulus program to get high-speed broadband to more of the country, Pike & Fischer released a report asserting the cable industry will have "dramatically" faster Internet to all its customers by 2013.

The acceleration is something, the group said, should make the government stand up and take notice when it is time to start handing out billions in broadband stimulus bucks, which will be in a few weeks.

The company predicts that with the roll-out of DOCSIS 3.0 by the nation's largest operator Comcast, as well as Cox and others, top cable companies will offer the higher speed access -- up to 100 megabits per second, or some 10 times current cable modem speeds -- by the end of 2009.

To help put a bigger smile on those cable operators' faces, Pike & Fischer added that it thought that DOCSIS rollout would "garner a lot of support from government officials distributing funds from the economic stimulus package."

At their first public meeting Tuesday, the government entities involved in handing out that money, said they were putting a premium on speed, as well as bang for the buck.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.