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vodafone uk mobile broadband

2nd September, 2015 - 9:03 am (1 Comment)

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned a national press and website advert for Vodafone’s mobile network after Three UK complained that the promotions could not substantiate the claims of being “unbeatable at connecting your calls” and “unbeatable at keeping your calls connected“.

fibre optic broadband cables

29th July, 2015 - 9:48 am (9 Comments)

The debate over whether or not broadband ISPs that don’t sell a pure “fibre optic” (FTTH/P) broadband connection should be allowed to use such terminology in their adverts is nothing new, but a new ruling by the Government of France shows that some countries are taking a stand.

advertising broadband uk investigation

22nd July, 2015 - 2:16 pm (0 Comments)

The Citizens Advice agency has once again criticised the way in which some home broadband ISPs promote their services, such as via allegedly “hidden charges” like phone line rental, starter fees and router delivery costs.

virgin media 2014 uk logo

22nd July, 2015 - 7:33 am (2 Comments)

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld two complaints against website adverts for Virgin Media’s cable broadband and phone deals, which they ruled were misleading due to the operator raising the cost above what they promoted and thus being in breach of Ofcom’s rules on mid-contract price hikes.

uk advertising standards authority

8th July, 2015 - 7:52 am (8 Comments)

When is a contract not a contract? A small but interesting ruling by the UK Advertising Standards Authority has cleared up a confusion over whether service providers should be allowed to promote short monthly (30 day) style contracts as “no contract” products.

uk \"up to\" broadband speeds

18th June, 2015 - 8:36 am (11 Comments)

Consumer magazine Which? has published a new report that attacks some of the biggest broadband ISPs, particularly BT, TalkTalk and PlusNet, for allegedly continuing to promote Internet download speeds that the majority of their customers will never be able to achieve. But are tougher advertising rules the best fix?

uk advertising standards authority

3rd June, 2015 - 7:29 am (0 Comments)

UK ISP Sky Broadband has successfully nudged the Advertising Standards Authority to ban a TalkTalk press advert, which was ultimately ruled to have misleadingly claimed to offer “Britain’s Best Deals on totally unlimited broadband packages“.

talktalk uk isp

6th May, 2015 - 7:51 am (0 Comments)

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a TV advert for TalkTalk’s unlimited broadband service after it misleadingly claimed to offer a “network connection that’s a whopping 99.9% reliable” and because it also failed to make clear that the offer was only available to new customers.


22nd April, 2015 - 8:03 am (9 Comments)

The on-going rollout of superfast capable “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services across the UK by BT has hit a snag after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that the revised estimated service availability dates, which BTOpenreach supply, were “likely to mislead consumers” because they were not based on a proper analysis.

virgin media 2014 uk logo

1st April, 2015 - 8:17 am (1 Comment)

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that Virgin Media misled consumers by claiming that they could get “Unlimited data” (Mobile Broadband) on one of their mobile 3G SIM-Only tariffs, except that customers who exceeded 3.5GB of data in any 30-day period found that their speeds were throttled to just 384Kbps (0.38Mbps).

sky broadband uk

1st April, 2015 - 7:52 am (0 Comments)

A complaint by Virgin Media has prompted the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to ban Sky Broadband’s apparently “misleading” claim of being able to offer “99.9% core network reliability“.

talktalk uk isp

25th February, 2015 - 7:50 am (8 Comments)

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has sided with an interesting BT complaint against a press advert for TalkTalk’s SimplyBroadband package, which complained that a “half-price” offer of £1.75 per month was “not a genuine sale price” because the standard price of £3.50 had not been used for long enough.

uk advertising standards authority

7th January, 2015 - 7:53 am (0 Comments)

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld one part of a two part complaint made by Sky (Sky Broadband) against a website advert for BT Broadband’s free BTSport TV content, which was ruled “misleading” because it failed to sufficiently show that the cost of BTSport to Sky Digital (Satellite) customers would rise to £13.50 a month.

uk advertising standards authority

31st December, 2014 - 8:47 am (29 Comments)

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a website ad for ZyXEL’s PLA4201 500Mbps Mini Powerline Ethernet Adaptor after two people complained that the performance claims were “misleading“, not least because the adapter itself only offered a 100Mbps (RJ-45) capable Ethernet port. Admittedly this isn’t strictly ISP related, but it’s still interesting.

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