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Cable Technology Feature Article

June 30, 2010

Zoom Supplies its New DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem to Best Buy, Micro Center, and Staples

By Deepika Mala, TMCnet Contributor

Zoom Telephonics, Inc. has shipped high volumes of its new DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem to Best Buy, Micro Center, and Staples.

In March 2010, Zoom achieved CableLabs (News - Alert) certification of this cable modem. But Zoom held back shipments because by that time, it hadn't received certifications from Comcast and Cox. Zoom wanted to be sure that its customers would be able to successfully use its cable modem with all U.S. service providers, including Comcast (News - Alert), Cox, and Charter.

'We are extremely pleased that we now have the range of certifications necessary to sell our new DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem at retail in North America,' Zoom president and CEO Frank Manning, said. 'Zoom is among a very limited number of manufacturers who have the retail relationships, technical expertise, production capabilities, and customer support infrastructure needed to accomplish this.'

Cable modem rental charges are eliminated by the consumers who purchase a Zoom cable modem. These charges vary by service provider, and are typically about $60 per year.

For the cable industry, DOCSIS 3.0 is the latest standard. It also allows Model 5341 to operate at speeds up to 172 Mbps. Leading U.S. retailers and other key accounts receive lower speed DOCSIS 2.0 Model 5241 from Zoom.

In related news, Zoom Telephonics has filed a Form 8-K in connection with the acquisition of UHY LLP's New England practice by accounting firm Marcum LLP. UHY LLP had been the auditor for Zoom Telephonics.