Cablevision, Verizon throw down over broadband speeds

Michelle Clancy ©RapidTVNews | 15-12-2011

Paying for premium broadband is on the rise as consumers seek better experiences for their over the top (OTT) video streaming services, but determining the right provider is a challenge.
Cablevision and Verizon Communications are throwing down in federal district court in New York regarding advertised broadband network speeds. A hearing in the case is expected 19 December.
Cablevision recently sued Verizon for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against ads that called the speed of Cablevision's Internet services into question. The cable MSO noted an FCC report that Verizon data used in the ads stem from results of tests performed in March 2011.
"Cablevision has made significant upgrades to its broadband network in 2011 that render these March 2011 test results obsolete," the company said. "More recent FCC tests conducted in September and October 2011 using the same methodology show that Cablevision delivers internet speeds that are very close to, and often above, the speeds that Cablevision advertises, even at so-called "peak hours" when internet usage is high."
Verizon, for its part, would beg to differ. "Cablevision's advertised Internet speeds have been and continue to be false," Verizon wrote in its court filing opposing Cablevision's request. "To try to compete with Verizon's state-of-the-art FiOS services, Cablevision has concealed its inferior broadband performance from consumers for years."
Nonetheless, it all may be a moot point: Verizon did say in its filings that it will revise its advertisements to be less negative, removing "any likelihood of irreparable injury without the preliminary injunction." It will also amend a filing with the FCC that claims Cablevision's speeds are not as advertised.