Cable industry consortium CableLabs has announced that they've drafted version 3.0 of their Data-Over-Cable Service Interface Specifications, otherwise known to those in the know as DOCSIS. The news sure to grab the most attention out of the specs is that they'll let cable operators offer speeds as high as 160Mbps downstream and 120Mbps upstream, which would open up more possibilities for HD channels and Video on Demand. The specs also incorporate Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), further opening the door for cable providers to offer more IP-based services. As our peeps at HD Beat point out, however, the hardware changes required to meet the specs are pretty significant, making it unlikely that we'll see a complete roll-out before 2008 at the earliest.

[Via HD Beat]

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CableLabs drafts DOCSIS 3.0 specs