In Europe, the gap between the real speed and the speed announced in advertisings is too big. FTTH Council, which advocates for installing fiber optics everywhere aspiring to greater transparency for the consumer. "Would you accept that a supermarket charges you a liter of milk and once you get home, you find that the bottle is only half full? However, broadband providers are allowed to charge the full price for a speed 'up', whatever they may be able to provide it or not, "said Hartwig Tauber, Director General of the FTTH Council Europe.
The European Commission promised in 2012 to improve the clearness of broadband advertisings through a recommendation to regulators but since then almost nothing concrete has been done. However, Europe has released an additional amount for the deployment of fiber optic networks: € 9.2 billion between 2014 and 2020.
Europe has the aim to connect by 2020 all European citizens to an internet connection of 30 Mbps. By then, half of them should have a connection of 100 Mbps.
Source (in French).