Time Warner Cable Whining About How It's Not Allowed To Pretend It Offers Fiber To The Home Any More

from the truth-in-advertising dept

A few years back, we noted that Verizon -- who has a history of misleading ads itself -- had sued Time Warner Cable for a series of ads that implied that Verizon's FiOS fiber-to-the-home offering was just "catching up" to TWC's own "fiber" offering. Of course, that was blatantly misleading. Time Warner uses fiber within its network but not to the home, which is the whole selling point of FiOS. There have been numerous disputes over this and TWC always comes out on the losing end. The latest, from the National Advertising Review Board (NARB), once again found that TWC's claims were clearly misleading. TWC's response is to petulantly claim that it can no longer accurately describe its own network and this will make it harder to "distinguish their service in areas where their competitors have indisputably inferior products."

Hogwash. TWC can still accurately describe its network and, if it actually is facing off against "indisputably inferior products," it can continue to highlight the specific differences in bandwidth or whatever other metrics that accurately portray the difference. What it cannot do -- and what it clearly had done for a while -- is pretend that its use of fiber deep within the network is, in any way, comparable to Verizon installing fiber all the way to someone's home.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Feb 2011 @ 6:04am

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    Only one problem with your logic. My copper line was tested recently to 55meg / second, and can deliver multiple HD tv channels and still push 25meg / second on the internet. Your "copper people using USENET" would be very misleading indeed.

    If you are on DSL, and a reasonable distance to the CO, you are good to go at speeds that most will never need.

    You could also stack up the hundreds of dollars the company would have to spend to put fiber into each house, having it dead end at a panel with a bunch of copper in it as it gets converted to run the phones, internet, and TVs.

    You could show a bird pecking at the fiber cable and poking a hole into it, rendering it useless and needing completely replacement, requiring the phone company to drive trucks over your law to pull the cable out and replace it again.

    Yeah, I could see how those would be big selling points :)

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