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Is Comcast lying about its Internet speeds to prevent service cancellations?

Comcast Customer Care Internet Speed

Comcast’s customer care cancellation call crisis continues with a new episode, as IBTimes took a closer look at the claims made during that customer service call by the company’s representative who repeatedly said Comcast’s broadband is the fastest, wondering whether Comcast is purposely instructing its employees to lie about data speeds.

The publication cites the most recent survey from and PC Magazine (September 2013), which said that Comcast was the third fastest broadband provider in the country, following Midcontinent Communications and Verizon’s FiOS.

However, during the call that went viral the other week, a Comcast employee kept repeating that Comcast offers subscribers the fastest Internet in the country. “You’re not interested in the fastest Internet in the country?” the rep asked during the call, repeating a variation of the phrase a few times.

Meanwhile, a Comcast PR person asked about the matter told IBTimes that the company does not claim to be the fastest in the country, nor does it train its customer care reps to make that claim. The publication then took it upon itself to try to get same sort of claims from Comcast, posing as a potential customer looking for information, but it had no such luck.

“Asked if Comcast’s Xfinity is faster than FiOS, one phone rep said it depends on a variety of factors, such as the area of coverage and the particular package a customer chooses,” the publication writes. “When we asked flat-out if Comcast is the fastest in the country, the rep said such superlatives are more about “technology bragging rights” than any individual customer’s experience, and that in reality, the two companies are constantly trying to one-up each other with faster options. In the broadband arms race that is the 21st century, that’s probably true enough.”

TechDirt points out that in this case, the customer rep wasn’t a retention specialist who would handle cancellations, so the situation and/or scripts might not be the same.

Comcast posted a memo about the situation, explaining that while it’s sorry about the way things were handled, the company does instruct employees to save subscribers whenever possible.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.