The technology, called DOCSIS 3.0, was developed by the cable industry's research arm, Cable Television Laboratories. It bonds together four cable lines but is capable of allowing much more capacity. The laboratory said last month it expected manufacturers to begin submitting modems for certification under the standard by the end of the year.
Many scoff at these sorts of speeds, wondering what anyone could possibly need with it. By the same token, the same thing was often said when DSL and Cable first became available, with speeds not that much greater than dialup. As they propagated, however, the amount of media available to them increased and thus the lines began to get used more. It seems with an internet connection, often it begins with a way that transforms into a will. Perhaps in a few years, you'll stream HD content straight to your machine. On demand indeed.