Verizon sues Time Warner over television ads

New York (NY) – Verizon is a bit miffed at Time Warner’s new television ads and has filed a lawsuit to get them off the air.  Verizon claims the ad misrepresents its FIOS fiber optic service and is seeking an injunction, damages and the posting of an apology ad.

The suit was filed in the US District Court in the Southern District of New York.  Verizon claims Time Warner’s ad misrepresents FIOS as requiring a satellite dish to watch video.  The same ad shows Time Warner saying that they’ve been using fiber optics for years (thus making the viewer think Verizon is using old technology).  However, both companies have been using fiber optic for backhaul lines for several years now.

Both Verizon and Time Warner offer high-speed multiple megabit per second Internet access for approximately $40 to $80 a month.

You can view the Time Warner ad online here.

Read more … Wall Street Journal.