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Huh? Vegggas, are you sure you read Martin's rulemaking right? I read it as, "as long as you offer any analog channels in any shape or form, you must provide must-carry, religious, etc." A few of the news websites I read also interpreted that way.
DOCSIS 3.0 wil be a welcome sight - channel bonding and the better upstream modulation (found in DOCSIS 2.0 which never got anywhere) for faster speeds will be nice. Cox will be able to compete with FIOS - sorta. Verizon just the other day annouced they're rolling out GPON instead of BPON, so the fiber ring that was 600Mb/s for 32 homes will now be 2.5Gb/s, providing speeds of up to 200Mb/s per user. Verizon overbuilt their network anyways - if they were to use an SDV type setup instead of broadcasting all of their channels at once over a single strand, they could cut their deployment costs by 20%.
Cutting node size in half is a great start. Especially when nodes get down to 250 homes, then you couple that with an all digital distribution, SDV and MPEG 4 and you get practically unlimited channels - even in HD.
The fact that Cox is addressing both the last mile and the entire network is good. Though with storage so cheap, I really wonder about only having two VOD centers. Unless they plan on doing the remote DVR stuff that Comcast wanted and then bailed on because content providers didn't approve, they can have everything in HD locally - or at least in more than two places (Atlanta is running out of water and SD just had all those fires - great choices Cox!).