Remember last year when all the various mobile operators were squabbling over who could claim they owned the best network? It got so bad that it actually went to court and eventually the Better Business Bureau had to step in and carefully explain what adjectives each mobile operator could use to describe its network. Of course, while the mobile operators were wasting all that time arguing over who could claim who had the best network, they could have been investing all that money in... I don't know... improving the quality of those networks. But, why let a silly thing like efficient uses of your resources get in the way of slamming the competition? At least that seems to be the theory involved in the latest such spat, as both Cablevision and Verizon (who have been involved in a pretty nasty fight for customers in the New York region) are spending ad dollars claiming that it has the "best" network. Verizon, of course, has been investing heavily in its FiOS fiber optic network, but Cablevision is running ads that state that it has the "nation's most advanced fiber-optic network," leaving out the part where they explain that the fiber only runs to the node. The part to the home travels over good old coax. Fortunately, for now, Verizon has said that while Cablevision's claims are "hogwash" and could false advertising, they don't see any value in going to court over it just yet.
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