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[BBC] Ofcom wants to ban misleading broadband speed ads

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Ofcom is seeking to stop internet service providers from advertising unrealistic broadband speeds.

Currently most ISPs advertise services as 'up to' a certain speed - for instance, 20Mbps (megabits per second).

But Ofcom's latest research finds that very few consumers actually get these headline speeds.

"There is a substantial gap between advertised speeds and the actual speeds people get in their homes," Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards told the BBC.

"The chances of someone receiving the advertised headline speed are fairly remote," he said.

"We would like to see clearer information provided to consumers which more accurately reflects the likely speeds they will actually receive," he added.

Ofcom's latest research into broadband speeds found that just 14% of customers on 'up to' 20Mbps services received speeds of over 12Mbps, while 58% averaged speeds of 6Mbps or less.
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12611315
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post #2 of 35
Right on. I would love for this to go through.
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YES! Currently paying for 6mbs down, only getting max 800kb/s
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Yeah, alot of companys would get the smack down, I know my cable is way too expensive for what I get. I barely get 5 mbs and they charge 40$ for it. Yet a company only 50 miles away does 1800Kb/s download 500Kb/s upload for the same price.
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YES! Currently paying for 6mbs down, only getting max 800kb/s
You're paying for 6 megabits, and that's exactly what you're getting.
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YES! Currently paying for 6mbs down, only getting max 800kb/s
6 megabits (mbps). 1024x6=6144(kbps)

6144/8= 768KB/s (kilobytes per second)

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I pay for 10mb, but I only get that during non-peak hours. The dip isn't too bad some days, but many times I'll dip down to less than 2mb just because they oversubscribe the area.

As for everyone correcting that guy, he used a lowercase B for both speeds, so maybe he really means bits for both... I could definitely see him getting 800kb while paying for 6mb if he's in a crappy area.
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post #8 of 35
Brilliant idea: ISP's can only advertise the minimum speed they can deliver.
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YES! Currently paying for 6mbs down, only getting max 800kb/s
I had a 6mb connection too and that's just about as high as it would go. I recently upgraded to "12mb" and it only goes 1.3mb at max.
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Maybe, just maybe that guy did mean what he typed (lower case b, bits, for both). Otherwise... fail.
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