Comcast creates speed lanes

The broadband battle between telcos and cable TV companies isn't just about speed--well, it mostly is, but not just about adding more speed. Cable TV companies looking to increase bandwidth as telcos roll out fiber can turn to DOCSIS 3.0, the latest cable industry standard, which allows access at speeds well beyond the current standard of about 100 Mbps shared bandwidth.

Comcast plans to do just that, but Comcast CEO Brian Roberts also said the company will offer a low-tier broadband access service of 1 Mbps or less for customers who are just now converting from dial-up speeds. I wonder what network neutrality proponents will say about that--is Comcast purposely keeping a low ceiling on customers who are less likely to be ready for DOCSIS 3.0 speeds?

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