Study Shows Broadband Providers Ripping Off Millions

January 13, 2009 at 8:07 am Leave a comment

According to research by telecom regulator Ofcom, which tested broadband speeds to 1,500 homes over the period of a month, customers are attaining less than half of advertised speeds. It also shows rural areas lagging behind urbanites by up to 15%.

Those who pay more for higher speeds is 60%, with some paying for 8 Mbps. It was found that they are only getting an average of 4.3 MBps. “This is yet more evidence that broadband providers are ripping off British consumers,” said Lib Dem Don Foster.

British Telecom says that by 2012, 10 million households could have 40-60Mbps fiber-optic connections if their £1.5 million upgrade goes forward, but said Ofcom must allow high enough prices to make it a worthwhile venture.

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