The Australian government is considering a bill that would make it illegal for ISPs to falsely promote high internet speeds. Under the proposed legislation, lying about Internet speeds would become a sensitive offense that could cost ISPs who break the law up to $ 1 million AUD.
Andrew Wilkie, a member of parliament who introduced the bill this week, told Motherboard: "People are getting worse at dial-up speed when they have been promised a super-fast connection." He described a person complaining that they were charged a download speed of 25 Mbps and a upload speed of 5 Mbps, but they got less than a tenth of that.
The proposed law would mandate ISPs to be more transparent with respect to Internet speeds and list the typical speeds experienced by the average user, the periods when Internet traffic tended to be higher and any other factors that could affect the service.
Last November, the UK also added more advertising regulations, forcing broadband providers to indicate average speeds instead of maximum speeds.
The problem persists in the USA UU., Where consumers routinely experience Internet speeds falsely advertised. Last February, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sued Spectrum for tricking customers by announcing speeds it supposedly knew it could not provide. The lawsuit is still ongoing as the case moves towards trial; this month, the New York Supreme Court rejected Spectrum's motion to dismiss the lawsuit.