New York, NY – November 1, 2023 – In a challenge brought by AT&T Services, Inc., the National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs recommended that Cox Communications, Inc. modify its “powered by fiber” claims to clearly and conspicuously disclose that Cox Internet does not offer fiber to the home.
Cox offers two different fixed broadband internet services. One service, Cox Fiber, is a residential internet service that is 100% fiber, including fiber to the home. The other, Cox Internet, is almost entirely fiber to the node close to residences, but the “last mile” uses coaxial cable instead of fiber. These services do not overlap. The customer’s location determines which service they can purchase.
NAD determined that “powered by fiber” reasonably conveys the messages that Cox Internet is comparable to fiber internet, offers customers fiber optic internet connections to their homes, and offers an advanced fiber optic network.
Because the record does not support that a coaxial and a fiber network are equivalent in performance to all consumer-relevant metrics, NAD recommended that Cox modify its “powered by fiber” claims to clearly and conspicuously disclose that Cox Internet does not offer fiber to the home.
In its advertiser statement, Cox stated that it “appreciates NAD’s recognition that Cox may continue to advertise that Cox Internet is Powered by Fiber,” and while it “disagrees with certain aspects of NAD’s decision, it is a strong supporter of advertising self-regulation.” Cox stated that it will comply with NAD’s recommendations.
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