At this morning’s opening General Session, Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO of Comcast, showed off a powerful new capability for cable’s high-speed offering. First, the audience was treated to a video of Roberts at the 1996 National Show, showing off the superiority of a cable modem over dial-up or ISDN by simply downloading two pictures. Then, with the help of ARRIS Chairman Bob Stanzione over a video conference connection, they showed off wideband at work, seen side-by-side with a standard cable modem connection. Large video files were downloaded in as many seconds as the number of minutes it took a 3 MB modem connection. For example, a file of a Slowskys ad was coming in around 16 minutes by a 3 MB connection, while it took about that many seconds to travel by the wideband connection of around 150 MB. A 4 GB file would take around three hours by standard cable modem and a little under four minutes by wideband.
State-of-the-art high-speed access has definitely changed over the last 11 years.