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The UK’s advertising regulator is allowing ancient copper-based services to be sold as “fibre” broadband.
It’s time to expose the Coppersaurus lurking beneath our streets.

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Fake "fibre" advertising is misleading, and worse, it's holding us back from the connectivity we deserve, letting the Coppersaurus roam unchecked. Find out more about why this matters...

Join the fightback!

Help us fightback by telling the advertising regulator to change the rules on using ‘fibre’ in broadband advertising

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Soon, millions of households will have access to full fibre. By 2033, full fibre should be behind the connectivity of every home and premises in the country. For this to become a reality, changes to advertising need to happen now. It is time to stop the Coppersaurus in its tracks.

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The problem with hybrid connections is that they depend on pre-internet copper infrastructure built to enable phone calls - not to share data. Find out more...

The difference between "fibre" and full fibre

Timeline

Alexander Bell makes a telephone call

1876

Alexander Bell makes a telephone call

Bell patents the copper twisted pair

1881

Bell patents the copper twisted pair

General Post Office is the UK's monopoly telecoms supplier<br />

1912

General Post Office is the UK's monopoly telecoms supplier

Fibre connection heralded as future tech

1960s

Fibre connection heralded as future tech

First fibre optic cables laid

1978

First fibre optic cables laid

Hello to the mobile phone

1983

Hello to the mobile phone

The UK's telecoms infrastructure is privatised - BT beckons!

1984

The UK's telecoms infrastructure is privatised - BT beckons!

Patents filed for ADSL technology

1988

Patents filed for ADSL technology

Worldwide web makes its debut

1989

Worldwide web makes its debut

ADSL now connects 300+ million homes around the world

1999

ADSL now connects 300+ million homes around the world

'The Facebook' is launched, with 1,000 students registered on day one

2004

'The Facebook' is launched, with 1,000 students registered on day one

CityFibre was born, offering a new generation of fibre

2011

CityFibre was born, offering a new generation of fibre

Smartphones overtake laptops for online access

2015

Smartphones overtake laptops for online access

Ofcom says BT must open up its network

2016

Ofcom says BT must open up its network

UK ranks 31<sup>st</sup> for broadband speed in the international speed league

2017

UK ranks 31st for broadband speed in the international speed league

CityFibre and Vodafone partnership is agreed<br />

2017

CityFibre and Vodafone partnership is agreed

UK ranks 35<sup>th</sup> for broadband speed in the international speed league

2018

UK ranks 35th for broadband speed in the international speed league

First Gigabit homes go live in Milton Keynes

2018

First Gigabit homes go live in Milton Keynes

Have you been conned by the Coppersaurus?

Do you pay for a phone line as well as a broadband service?

Does your router connect to one of these?

Have you ever experienced buffering, especially when downloading large files or video calling friends and family?

Does it take ages to upload large files?

YES

If you’ve answered yes to most of these questions, it’s highly likely that your broadband is delivered to your home over copper.

Not what you were expecting?

If you have been misled into thinking you were paying for a full fibre broadband service, help us tell the advertising regulator that the rules need to be changed.

NO

If you’ve answered no to most of the questions, then congratulations! Your home might be one of less than 4% of UK premises already benefitting from a genuine fibre connection.

Do you think advertising rules should be changed to help other internet users make an informed choice?

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