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How Cable Labs is paving the way for lightning-fast broadband

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Howard Marsh
Jan 07, 2017 14:03
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Phil McKinney s job as CEO of Cable Labs is to lead the cable TV industry forward into new technologies that can help with the delivery and adoption of cable TV services.The company is the research arm of the cable TV industry, and its job is to push new technologies such as Docsis 3.1, which enables 10-gigabit-per-second download speeds and 1-gigabit upload speeds for cable TV broadband delivered over coaxial cable.

That will change to full duplex, or 10 gigabits-per-second in both directions, over time.I frequently interviewed McKinney in his previous job, when he was vice president and chief technology officer for Hewlett-Packard s personal systems group.

Here s an edited transcript of our conversation.VB: How did you wind up at Cable Labs?Phil McKinney: When I retired out of HP, I thought I was retired for good.

They persuaded me to at least consider it.

I spent five months in conversations with the CEOs.

We kicked off what became Docsis 3.1, which is now 10 gigs download and one gig upload.

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