CableLabs Kills Interim DOCSIS Standard
News Analysis Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading 6/28/2006
No details are available yet. But knowledgeable sources confirmed that CableLabs executives decided to short-circuit the effort after fielding heated criticism of the proposed spec from executives of several large MSOs at the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers' Cable-Tec Expo in Denver last week. A CableLabs spokesman declined comment on the proposed spec earlier today.
The controversial DOCSIS 2.0b spec, promoted mainly by tech equipment vendors as a temporary measure, would have enabled cable operators to hike broadband downstream speeds dramatically by bonding together two or three 6MHz channels. Such a move would have boosted cable subscriber bandwidth to at least 70 Mbit/s downstream.
With the phone companies breathing down the cable guys' necks, DOCSIS 2.0b proponents have been pushing the interim spec as a quick and easy way to boost broadband bandwidth with a software download while the industry waits for DOCSIS 3.0, the next full release of the DOCSIS standard.
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