Today, Comcast unveiled a cable technology called channel bonding that allows a data download speed of 150 megabits pre second--25x faster than today's cable modems.
A couple of years before it's on the shelf, the technology lessens the gap between speeds the network can provide compared with the limitations of modem technology--currently 50 megabits/sec.
Developed by Cable Television Laboratories, the technology, DOCSIS 3.0, bonds four cable lines together. How fast is it? Well, the 32-volume of the Encyclopedia Britannica 2007 and Merriam-Webster's visual dictionary took less than four minutes. On a dial-up, it would have taken two weeks. Yep, pretty fast.