The Spectrum internet price comparison, a tool for comparing the prices of different internet service providers, is “ridiculous” according to a report from a US research group that’s used to comparing broadband prices across the country.
The report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) said that the spectrum internet comparison tool was being used to try to “explain the price discrepancy” between US providers Verizon and Comcast.
It was also being used in California to “discredit” the US government’s plan to increase spectrum prices by $200 billion over the next decade.
The US government has been trying to increase the amount of spectrum it needs to build high-speed internet to be competitive with the likes of Comcast and AT&T.
It hopes that by the time the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted on the proposal, the spectrum will be ready to be deployed for the first time.
The spectrum auction, which was originally set for this year, has seen major bids come in from Verizon, AT&s, and Comcast for more than a third of the available spectrum in the US.
“The Spectrum internet Price Comparison tool is an insult to the people who deserve the best internet possible,” said ILSR President and CEO Christopher Smith in a statement.
“It should be used as a warning to Verizon and other ISPs that we will not allow them to ignore their customers, and we will use every legal tool we have to protect them.”
“Verizon has been caught using the Spectrum internet pricing tool to bash the FCC, and is trying to justify its actions by saying that it’s an exercise in fairness.
But the Spectrum Price Comparison is a direct attack on the people and communities who need affordable, high-quality broadband,” Smith said.
Verizon and other internet providers have repeatedly tried to deny that it was using the spectrum to justify price hikes.
In an emailed statement, Verizon said that while the Spectrum price comparison tool did not compare Verizon to other providers, it is a useful tool to help people understand the spectrum prices available to them and other companies.
As part of its analysis of the US broadband market, ILSr examined spectrum usage in the two largest cities in the country: San Francisco and Los Angeles.
While Verizon had an increase of nearly 1,000 megabits per second, San Francisco saw an increase in more than 500 Mbps, and Los Angeles had an additional 700 Mbps increase.
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