Cable networks can indeed keep up with fiber installations in many ways. The new DOCSIS 3.0 standard can in fact deliver gigabit speeds to the consumer via plain old coaxial cable runs. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has proven this point at industry trade shows, and coax expert ARRIS GROUP DL-,01 (NASDAQ:ARRS) can show you even faster solutions. Even Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) itself has demonstrated gigabit cable-based technologies.
If nothing else, Baltimore might inspire Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) to get a move on with its DOCSIS 3.0 rollout — at service levels and prices that the average Maryland consumer could stomach.
Keep in mind that Google Fiber offers low-grade broadband services for free in Kansas City, or gigabit speeds at just $70 a month. Force Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) to meet that standard in Baltimore, and other cable markets will want the same treatment.
And that’s how Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) wins. Big G doesn’t need to become a nationwide ISP, but it collects more revenue every time you make Internet use faster, cheaper, better, and easier for the average consumer. Google Fiber is getting that job done in a big way.
The article Baltimore Might Create Its Own Fiber Network originally appeared on Fool.com and is written by Anders Bylund.
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