Australian Internet Service Providers Sued False Speed Claim


Top 3 internet service providers have been sued by the Australian’s consumer regulators for reportedly making false claims about the speed. Companies rationalize that government-backed broadband provider is partly responsible for it. 

Telstra, Optus, and TPG Telecom are alleged to have made incorrect claims about the maximum speed of the internet connections they offer and also accepted payments from some customers for plans without providing the promised speeds, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said in a notice on Monday.

National Broadband Network (NBN) backed by the Australian Government act as the wholesale provider of broadband which the internet service providers then offer to their customers. 

TPG announced compensation to affected customers, while Telstra and Optus offer remedial options to customers. 

TPG demonstrated that it is on account of the “failure by NBN Co to provide timely and accurate speed information to TPG Internet,” and its own legacy processes from 2017 that have been fixed.

“The customer doesn’t receive what they want, the RSP (Retail Service Provider) still pays full price, and NBN Co have limited obligations to do anything about it and continue to charge RSPs for a plan they know the connection may not deliver,” said Michael Ackland, Telstra’s head of consumer and small business.

The Australian regulators filed a separate lawsuit against the top 3 internet service providers claiming that Telstra and TPG made incorrect statements to customers between April 2019 and April 2020, while Optus made them through 2019.

“Collectively, hundreds of thousands of consumers were allegedly misled by these three big internet providers,” ACCC chair Rod Sims said.

“What makes this behavior even more concerning is that Telstra, Optus, and TPG were well aware of these issues and had earlier given undertakings to the ACCC to provide remedies to consumers.”

The ACCC is seeking penalties, without specifying an amount, among other orders.

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James Robert is a journalist who covers all the social media and tech-related news for SG-educate, the world’s largest multimedia news agency. He reports on tech from all over the world, focusing mostly on social media platforms. He has worked as a digital editor and online coverage of global breaking news on tech and big stories, reaching millions of readers across multiple platforms.

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