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US Senate plans to reduce 4G misinformation

4g-logo-specsThe definition of 4G has been an interesting issue since carriers began to push new devices that supposedly included the technology. This is because most people do not know exactly what “4G” is, and that confusion has only been accentuated by carriers’ various marketing ploys.

All of the carriers currently claim to have 4G devices, but are unclear about how they define the term. Does having technologies LTE, WiMax, and HSPA+ make a smartphone a “4G” device, or is the rating based on speed? This jargon has actually gotten so bad that we tried to explain some of the problems with current 4G naming schemes just a few days ago.

Fortunately, the US government has now taken notice of this blatant campaign of misinformation. Lawmakers have introduced a bill that will force carriers to disclose minimum data speeds on their network, network reliability, and conditions that could impact network performance. It will also cause the FCC to test and rate the speeds of top carriers in the US to see if they meet expectations.

From what I can tell, this bill really is in the best interest of consumers and would help to combat the 4G confusion that has been running rampant. Of course, government can always make mistakes, so do you think this is a good course of action?

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Aaron Orquia

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3 thoughts on “US Senate plans to reduce 4G misinformation

  • It just means more tax money spent, but as opposed to some of the other things it is spent on, I do think that this one has a lot of positives. The marketing is currently out of control and the claims made certainly do not match the service provided in most cases.

    I think that this is a good thing and a benefit for the networks that provide the best service. No longer can smaller companies come in and provide sub-par services yet claim that they have some technology feature that beats the others (even when speeds and reliability are worse). Small companies should succeed on technical merit, innovation, pricing, etc but not by lies and misinformation spread to trick customers into signing long term contracts with them.

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  • Large companies are not one damned bit less likely to lie than small ones, and one would have to be pretty unscrupulous and corrupt ones’self to attemp to create that impression.

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  • I certainly wasn’t making that claim. I simply have seen smaller companies lately offering ‘4G’ networks and supposed speeds that aren’t even close to the actual performance that they claim. I certainly wasn’t claiming that large corporations are saints and never lie.

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