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MP supports campaign to abolish 'up to' broadband charges

April 18, 2012 11:49 AM

 (Tim broadband photo)South Lakes MP Tim Farron has pledged his support to a campaign to end the unfair practice of charging customers for broadband services 'up to' a certain speed.

The campaign started by the consumer group WISPA, argues that if a supermarket were to charge full price for 'up to' a Kg of sugar, or a service station were to do the same for 'up to' a gallon of petrol, they would be prosecuted.

Tim has joined a growing number of consumers in petitioning the communications regulator Ofcom to review the practice.

Tim said: "This system is inherently unfair. Consumers should be paying for what they actually get, rather than a maximum broadband speed that may or may not be available, particularly in rural locations. I hope that Ofcom will decide to clamp down on this practice so that broadband rates are advertised in a more honest way."

The petition can be found here: http://wispa.it/upto-charge-upto-service/