New York, NY – October 12, 2023 – In a challenge brought by Verizon Communications Inc, the National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs recommended that Comcast Cable Communications, LLC discontinue the claim “10G” for its Xfinity 10G Network or qualify the claim to make clear that Comcast is implementing improvements that will enable it to achieve 10G and that 10G is aspirational or use “10G” in a manner that is not false or misleading.
In February 2023, Comcast rebranded its fixed internet network as “Xfinity 10G Network” to signify technological upgrades that continue to be implemented. Verizon challenged the name “Xfinity 10G Network” and the claim “10G,” which appeared in a myriad of advertisements online and on television.
NAD concluded that “10G” as used in the name “Xfinity 10G Network” and “Xfinity 10G” is an express claim.
In evaluating this claim, NAD found that Comcast’s description of its entire network as “10G” conveys the message that all consumers on the network will receive a significant increase in speed up to 10 Gbps. However, NAD determined that the 10 Gbps message was not substantiated because only one of Xfinity’s many plans (Gigabit Pro) can reach 10 Gbps, and access to that service tier requires installation of fiber to the premises. Further, NAD concluded, that to the extent that consumers understand 10G as referring to 10th generation mobile technology, this message is also unsupported.
For these reasons, NAD recommended that Comcast discontinue the claim “10G.”
Alternatively, NAD stated that Comcast may modify the claim by (a) qualifying it to make clear that they are implementing improvements that will enable it to achieve 10G and that 10G is the aspiration, or (b) using it in a manner that is not false or misleading consistent with this decision.
In its advertiser statement, Comcast stated that it will appeal NAD’s decision because it “disagrees with NAD’s decision, including NAD’s determination that the Xfinity 10G Network brand name constitutes an ‘express claim.’”
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