UK Still Looking To Kill 'Up To' Broadband Marketing Lingo
While In U.S. Some ISPs Have Already Done So Voluntarily
Every year like clockwork (2009
) European regulator Ofcom issues a study noting that UK customers get about half the broadband speeds advertised, and that they're looking to crack down on the dubious "up to" marketing lingo used in most broadband advertisements. Right on cue for 2011, The Guardian
cites a new Ofcom report that, surprise, surprise, claims UK residents get average broadband speed of 6.2 Mbps, less than half average advertised speed of 13.8 Mbps. And how is that effort to get UK companies to improve the way they market broadband speeds? It's still apparently underway, and wouldn't you know it, Ofcom hopes to kill the "up to" lingo someday soon:
Ofcom is pushing for a change in the way internet providers, including BT, Sky and O2, advertise "up to" broadband speeds, which most customers are unable to receive. Its findings will feed into a consultation now underway by the Advertising Standards Authority's committee of advertising practice (CAP) and broadcast committee of adverting practice (BCAP) into how broadband speeds are advertised. That is expected to report in the next three months.
We eargerly look forward to next year's Ofcom study indicating users get half of what they pay for and that Ofcom is planning to crack down on "up to" marketing. Here in the States the FCC has claimed users also only get a fraction of their advertised speeds
. The FCC proposed requiring ISPs to advertise speed tiers based on average connection performance estimates for peak and off peak speeds, though that push appears to have disappeared. Anticipating regulatory action on this front, some ISPs here in the States like Verizon have voluntarily eliminated the "up to" phrase and list possible service speed ranges instead
Re: DSL likes the word 'overhead' too
said by toby:yeah, i love the people that defend it, saying well you sync at 1.5..... funny thing is, when i had bellsouth dsl before the att merger, they over syncd the lines so if you paid for 1.5 you got 1.5 you paid for 3 you got 3.
Qwest offers 1.5 Mbps DSL, but because of the overhead you get 1.3 Mbps.
They should sell 1.3 MBps DSL. (or 0.1 MBps weeknights of course)
there really is no excuse for it. i mean i could see if you where getting a 1Gbps connection, then ofcourse youd have to cover the over head since your nic cant go faster than 1Gbps. but as long as those speeds are under the max ability of a nic, there really is no excuse not to over sync.
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Re: Ditch DSL I think DSL is a good, pretty reliable technology but as far as faster speeds go (Beyond 3 mbps anyway), it's not a good idea to use unless you know for a fact you're on a clean line with a very short distance to the RT.
The whole distance thing is definitely troublesome though, I agree.
The thing that's nice about cable broadband is as long as you can get TV, you can get internet (unless your area is extremely rural), distance means nothing because amps have to be placed in line every several hundred feet or so; repairs can also be easier (and cheaper) to diagnose at times.
Slow speeds with cable internet? Check the splitters, check the tap, check the coax, check the ground, check the modem, adjust the node or split it (unless your area deliberately throttles you slower than DSL)
Slow speeds with DSL? Check at the NID, check the drop, check the tap, check the CC box(es), check the DSLAM/CO, search for interference, or if it really is a distance limitation, setup and install a new DSLAM nearby ($$$ Costly)
Then again, I may just be saying all of this because I've had nothing but hellish luck with DSL. I remember all the memories of having 7 or 8 techs come out to try to fix my line (1.5 mbit disconnected sometimes, 3 mbit was even worse), then a few of them left my line disconnected at the NID after they left. Unprofessional. In the end, little was accomplished to fix my line. Know what the problem was? No nearby DSLAM; distance limitation.
So I went to drop $15-25 more on 10 meg cable internet.. and my speeds are ALWAYS up to that. Downtime is minimal, especially compared to DSL in my area.
I DID need a few cable techs out before, but they came by and fixed the problem the same day, under an hour I might add. I had to wait almost a week for the phone techies to come to my house.
And as of recent, a V-RAD unit has been installed in my area, but it's not active.. and I'm not going back with those guys anyway.
TV: It's like the Internet only you can visit only 30-100 different sites, ever, and there's no adblock. -dwai
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Re: Ditch DSL
said by dvd536:Everything is distance sensitive, including cable. It's the network architecture what makes the difference. You have to put line amplifiers in the cable network every so often. said by Pashune:
I think DSL is a good, pretty reliable technology
Anything that is distance sensitive like DSL isn't good. good as a stopgap for better tech but DSL is being milked way longer than it should be.
DSL is the new "dialup"