AT&T Appeals National Advertising Division Recommendation to Discontinue or Modify Claim that Supplemental Coverage from Space is Presently Available

Jul 11, 2024 9:00 AM ET

New York, NY – July 11, 2024 – In a Fast-Track SWIFT challenge brought by T-Mobile US, Inc., BBB National Programs’ National Advertising Division recommended that AT&T Services, Inc. discontinue or modify the claim that its Supplemental Coverage from Space (SCS) is presently available to consumers.

Cellular networks offer broad coverage throughout the United States, however, there is still limited cell signal coverage in large portions of the country. AT&T’s “Epic Bad Golf Day” commercial, starring Ben Stiller, presents a solution from AT&T to this issue through SCS coverage. AT&T has announced plans to offer SCS for customers in remote, unserved areas, however, concedes that this coverage is not yet available.

Fast-Track SWIFT is an expedited process for single-issue advertising cases brought to the National Advertising Division (NAD). At issue was whether AT&T’s “Epic Bad Golf Day” commercial conveys the message that SCS is presently available from AT&T.

NAD found one reasonable message conveyed is that AT&T is advertising the current availability of SCS from AT&T. Accordingly, NAD recommended that AT&T either discontinue the claim that SCS is presently available to AT&T consumers or modify the claim to clearly and conspicuously disclose that SCS is not available now.

NAD noted that nothing in its decision precludes AT&T from making truthful and non-misleading aspirational claims about SCS.

In its advertiser statement, AT&T stated that it will appeal NAD’s decision because it “maintains its position that there is no implied message of present satellite calling availability” and that “the commercial is simply a comedic romp that clearly showcases AT&T’s investment in the future of satellite calling.”

Appeals of NAD decisions are made to the BBB National Programs’ National Advertising Review Board (NARB), the appellate-level truth-in-advertising body of BBB National Programs.

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