said by a333:
DOSCIS 2 shares the 50 megs among like 50 users, so comcast cant use it to offer those speeds to each and every sub. Now, hopefully, with channel bonding and the rest of it, DOSCIS 3.0 should be able to make those speeds possible.
Actually the node shares a few hundred megabits (100-400 depending upon how many subscribers per node (24-50), which could be *split* to accommodate the greater speeds. It's the capability of the modems which can do in 40/30 megabit range:
1.x 38-42mbit / 9-10mbits
2.X 38-42mbit / 27-31mbits
3.X 152-171mbit / 108-123mbits
Again, this move means it will cost money to make money to earn back that market share lost to FIOS symmetrical, either way. Keep in mind, the most under-served areas of the comcast network have VERY HIGH node ratios (higher than 50 per node) which scale back the bandwidth all the way down to 1.X mbit per subscriber at $30-65 price ranges which is totally unacceptable in today's market. Might be competition to a QWEST region but nowhere else.