Printed from http://www.electronista.com

NARB asks Time Warner Cable to curb fiber network claims

updated 04:20 pm EST, Wed February 9, 2011

Time Warner asked to clarify fiber network ads

Time Warner Cable is being asked by a National Advertising Review Board (NARB) panel to stop claiming in ads that it uses fiber optic wires. Competitor Verizon challenged the validity of Time Warner's claims, as it offers a true fiber optic network, FiOS. The ads claim Time Warner's network is "dramatically faster" because of its "advanced fiber optic network."

In reality, the cable company uses a hybrid of fiber and coaxial cable, frequently called fiber to the node, that runs legacy cabling from a head end unit in the neighborhood to a given home This adds more confusion for consumers, as Verizon calls its true service fiber to the home. NARB said Verizon "respectfully disagrees" with the panel's decision.

Verizon is upset as it has invested about $23 billion in building its FiOS network in some parts of the US. It launched FiOS in 2004 and has boosted it up to as much as 150Mbps, or about 50 percent faster than the fastest mainstream cable Internet access in the US.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Asus Chromebook C300

When Chromebooks hit the market back in 2011, consumers didn't know what to do with them. The low-cost laptops, powered by Google's Ch ...

Plantronics BackBeat Pro Bluetooth headphones

Looking for a pair of headphones that can do everything a user requires is a task that can take some study. Trying to decide on in-ear ...

Lemur BlueDriver

"Oh no, the check engine light is on…again! What one of the hundreds of reasons could it be this time? Probably going to cost a fort ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News