UK regulators ban lies in ISP ads, advertised speeds drop by 41%


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/08/07/jfc-openreach.html


#2

Wait…

The UK has regulators that actually regulate?

What a quaint notion.


#3

On the one hand even the old numbers gave you at least SOME basis for comparison. OTOH I wonder to what extant the networks were designed to maximize that “best 10%” rather than “what the majority of people actually experience.”


#4

But wait, Libertarians are always telling us that the market will sort things out, that corporations are benevolent, and that government regulation puts us on the Road to Serfdom.


#5

When you point out that “markets only work where the consumers have accurate information,” they usually retreat to complaining about regulatory burdens and the cost of providing that information.


#6

It’s always an excuse to cover up the fact that many of them believe information asymmetry is a good and natural thing in the market, giving an advantage to ruthless and intellectually superior actors (as they fancy themselves) in what they also think is a zero-sum game.


#7

Clearly, Brexit did not Make Them Great Again. UK, Great Britain, they used to call it England…


#8

“Information is power, and that is why you don’t have any.”


#9

Yes, they tell, us that, but they don’t have to believe it, do they. It’s better, in fact, that they don’t - they just need enough of us to believe it


#10

that’s key. it’s easy to have 100% of your customers achieve those highest speeds at least once a day/session cycle using bursting. Not so easy to achieve those speeds consistently.


#11

Virgin Media was the only ISP whose advertised speeds went up after the rule change.

I can’t hold them up as an example of a fantastic company, but fair’s fair, we pay them money and get a really fast, unthrottled connection. Their modems are still junk though.


#12

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