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Australia: “Stop misleading consumers” says watchdog to ISPs

 |  February 10, 2017

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has published principles to ensure ISPs claims about broadband speeds aren’t misleading under Australian Consumer Law.

The competition watchdog’s guidance is in response to consumer confusion over fixed broadband speeds after it found that 80 per cent of consumers are confused and want speed information to be presented in a simple, standardised format.

“The ACCC is concerned that the use of vague speed claims is not providing consumers accurate, comparable or useful information. Four out of five consumers have trouble comparing broadband speeds and this is causing a high level of complaints, confusion and dissatisfaction,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims said.

“Consumers believe they aren’t getting what they sign up for, and pay for, when it comes to home internet speeds. It is time they industry met consumer demand for accurate information about broadband speeds so consumers can compare offers and make informed decisions about their internet services.”

The competition watchdog has created 6 principals to guide ISPs on best practice marketing when it comes to broadband speeds, including how to make a clear statement on the typical speeds consumers can expect during busy hours.

Full Content: Australian Competition & Consumer Commission

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