ACCC wants you to monitor the nbn

Phishing scammers use techniques via phone or email to trick victims into handing over valuable personal information

Phishing scammers use techniques via phone or email to trick victims into handing over valuable personal information

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is calling for volunteers to participate in an Australia-wide broadband speed testing program.

Amaysim commercial director of broadband Rob Appel says the launch is in response to NBN Co recently revealing that less than half of the five million homes and businesses that are now NBN ready have actually signed up to the service, "mostly due to cost and complexity".

And a bit of transparency and extra information wouldn't go astray either.

"The volunteers will be helping to produce accurate, transparent, and comparable information about the quality and reliability of the fixed-line broadband services available in their area".

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The ACCC is now investigating whether ISPs could have misled customers on their actual broadband speeds.

"Today we are making a call to action for broadband consumers, particularly fixed wireless and satellite users, to volunteer for the program", Ms Simson said.

"These are often advertised using terms like "speeds up to" which are confusing and do not reflect the actual speeds a consumer can expect from the service".

"We're so used to providing our personal information when we sign up for services over the phone or shop online that sometimes we don't think twice about giving it out", Ms Rickard commented.

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The ACCC published a request for tender on the AusTender website on May 30 for an independent testing provider for the program.

Telstra has begun contacting customers offering refunds and to downgrade plans where the advertised speeds are not being met, with retail group executive Kevin Russell admitting in a blog post that the speeds surrounding the network were "all a bit of a mystery".

However, the ACCC says it wants at least 16,000 households to take part in a bid to ensure they get a variety of residents from both cities and other regions who are connected via various technologies. The project has a projected budget of around A$7 million ($5.34 million). In response to this, the ACCC developed six principles to help guide ISPs on best practice marketing when it comes to broadband speed, including how to make a clear statement on typical speeds consumers can expect during busy hours. Fixed line data downloads increased 52 per cent between June 2015 and June 2016 (ACCC Telecommunications Report 2015-16).

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