said by RR Conductor:
How much cheaper? I mean, the extreme tiers now are outrageous, what does 3.1 mean, a little less outrageous?
At the end of that article, it says:
And 3.1 is also about the almighty dollar as broadband usage continues to climb. Getting costs down "is a key part of Docsis 3.1," said Cox Communications Inc. EVP and CTO Kevin Hart.
And one way to do that is by providing higher (competitive) speeds without spending a lot of money doing FTTH:
From:Docsis 3.1 Will Change Cable's Data Channels
By Jeff Baumgartner, Light Reading Cable - October 16, 2012
Utilizing one of those [200MHz-wide] blocks would enable cable to produce a data path in the neighborhood of 1Gbit/s. Cable [companies could] later bond together 200MHz-wide channels together to create multi-gigabit capacities and give cable the ability to keep up with fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) speeds without having to pull fiber all the way to the home.