DOCSIS 3.1 is still small potatoes, but there are indications that the technology is starting to gain traction in the second half of 2016. Comcast recently announced that it is launching gigabit services over DOCSIS 3.1 in Chicago; this follows similar introductions in Atlanta and Nashville, and the company says that new deployments will occur shortly in both Detroit and Miami. Comcast is initially pricing the service at a relatively inexpensive monthly rate of $70 (based on a three-year contract), and will hard cap customers at 1 terabyte a month.

Comcast is not the only company dipping its toes into the DOCSIS 3.1 pool. Midcontinent Communications is poised to introduce DOCSIS 3.1 to four or five of its markets by the end of the year, with full upgrades coming through 2017. Cox Communications is also on track to hold trials in 2016, and expects to commercially deploy next year, as well. Of the major players, it seems that only Charter is holding back. The cable operator is still staying true to its previously announced plans to begin its transition to DOCSIS 3.1 sometime in 2017.

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