Ad Watchdog Says Verizon Should Revise Its “#1 In Internet Speed” Claims

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  1. HardOCP News

    HardOCP News [H] News

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    Most people are smart enough to know that every single claim a broadband company makes is followed by a disclaimer in itty-bitty letters at the bottom of the screen that no one can read without a microscope. But, be that as it may, the National Advertising Division of the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council believes that it is best to have your claims of being "#1" in anything" be based at least somewhat in fact.

    The internet speed boast comes from PC Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Survey, and Verizon’s #1 speed ranking in that survey is not based on any independent measurements of FiOS connection speeds, nor is it based on a comparison of FiOS speeds to those of other providers. Instead, it’s a reflection of FiOS customers’ satisfaction about their internet speeds. While that’s something to be proud of, the NARB says it may be misleading the way the result is presented in the ad campaign.
     
  2. Pieter3dnow

    Pieter3dnow [H]ardness Supreme

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    Why can't they just say that Verizon are lying bastards ;) ?
     
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  3. NeoNemesis

    NeoNemesis 2[H]4U

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    #1 in Internet Speeds! ®
     
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  4. Quix

    Quix 2[H]4U

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    It's a shame you don't have truth in advertising laws like they do in the UK. Apple actually got sued and lost for claiming the PowerMac G4 was the fastest available personal computer (when in fact it was not).
     
  5. natos

    natos Limp Gawd

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    I have Fios, and actually I find it is better, and faster than comcast and optimum. I downloaded new Doom through Steam (44GB) in under 2 hours, which I thought was pretty good.
     
  6. Ur_Mom

    Ur_Mom I'm Not Serious

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    #1 in Internet Speed

    (compared to other companies using dialup or ISDN)

    There's ALWAYS a disclaimer.