|Truth in advertising
||[ Friday, 12 May 06 | 11:04 ]
After a long travel day yesterday, I finally arrived at my son’s place in Alameda shortly before midnight. This morning I was sifting through several months of mail that my son had saved for me and I ran across an ad for Comcast High-Speed Internet. The ad copy said:
Much faster than a phone line… Fact is, phone lines can’t deliver the blazing speed that you get with Comcast High-Speed Internet… Up to 4-15 times faster than DSL. Comcast High-Speed Internet clocks in at a whopping 6Mbps.
Interesting claim. My ISP uses standard phone lines and delivers up to 20Mbps. That’s more than 3 times faster than Comcast’s “blazing speed”. Actual delivered speed is 14.4Mbps according to the router and a measured download rate of 1.4MBS using a 127MB file, which includes transport protocol overhead.
So, fact is, my phone line delivers more than twice the “whopping” speed that you get with Comcast High-Speed Internet. Even the small print at the bottom of the direct-mail piece doesn’t have a proper disclaimer, in my opinion.