Cablevision says Verizon's claim that its WiFi is faster than Cablevision's is false.

January 30, 2015

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BETHPAGE, N.Y. -- Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) today is filing a lawsuit in federal court for the Eastern District of New York against Verizon Communications seeking an end to its false, misleading and deceptive advertising claims about WiFi service.

Cablevision issued the following statement related to the lawsuit:

“Verizon’s claim that it has faster WiFi than Cablevision is false, deceptive and designed to mislead consumers. Verizon has no public WiFi network. In addition, Verizon’s in-home routers are not faster than Optimum Smart Routers and cost Verizon customers hundreds of dollars while Optimum’s are free. It is not a coincidence that Verizon is making false WiFi claims just as Cablevision is introducing its all-WiFi Freewheel phone, which will allow consumers to avoid Verizon’s data caps and excessive data overage fees.

This is yet another in a long line of Verizon advertising falsehoods designed to fool the public and we are calling on the court to stop Verizon. Cablevision is taking this legal action so that consumers will no longer be misled and can make informed decisions based on the facts.”

While Verizon does not have a public WiFi hotspot network, Cablevision’s Optimum WiFi network is the nation’s largest WiFi network with 1.1 million tri-state area access points.

Verizon charges $199.99 for its routers, which are limited to in-home use. Cablevision provides its in-home Smart Routers free to customers and it offers both a private WiFi network and a publicly accessible WiFi hotspot. Instead of competing with Cablevision’s premiere level of WiFi service, Verizon has resorted to a false and illegal advertising campaign to mislead consumers.

Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC)

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