As U.S. broadband providers harass customers and strongarm the government to keep their slow, antiquated and obscenely profitable business models of the past, a British broadband provider has a better idea. Virgin Media is testing out a cable system that's 51 times faster than the average broadband speed in the United States. Using the next-generation cable data technology known as DOCSYS 3.0, this little hotshot can bring down 200 Mb per second Internet, video at "full HD" 1080p, and even 3D movies.
It's a pilot project that will be underway for the next six months, now being tested by 100 early-adopting customers in the UK. Even though this kind of speed is not available to consumers yet, this gives you a good look at the true capabilities of DOCSYS 3.0, the next generation of consumer broadband service, which, for example, is already available to 30% of the Comcast network.
Consider that the average broadband download speed in the United States is 3.9 Mb per second, and that 200 Mb per second number will show you how far the United States is falling behind the rest of the world. Keep that in mind the next time Time Warner Cable wants to "educate" you about broadband service.
Via Engadget HD