computerNew government rules revealed yesterday that false promises made by internet service providers could soon be a thing of the past.

Industry Minister, Miguel Sebastián said the government wanted to stop internet providers advertising broadband speeds which are far higher than the customer actually gets.

Under the new rules providers will have to guarantee to provide a minimum of 80% of the speed they advertise.

Up to now, providers advertise the highest possible speed, and that higher speed is only available to consumers living very close to a telephone exchange. Those customers further from the exchange, needing a longer cable, get a slower speed.