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 @ 6:24am

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    Please try passing medical images through a DSL pipeline and tell me how that goes. No chance of you receiving medical assistance from a specialist in your home at reasonable prices there.

    Second I doubt your claims, theoretical is very different form reality, I used ADSL for years and it was crap.

    Further the math doesn't lie, the smaller the radius the smaller the area the smaller the density so the smaller the number of people who will actually get something near fiber, besides fiber is moving to gigabits transfers which will enable next generations activities to take place and DSL has no chance in hell to catch up with that, oh wait I forgot we were talking about the U.S. the third world communications of the world.

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