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In light of recent discussions of the way broadband speeds are advertised, one commentator has looked to resolve uncertainties held by many consumers.

Commenting on the BBC website, Rory Cellan-Jones advises that customers need to be aware of two distinct factors when considering their supplier: line speed and throughput.

"Line speed is what the line between your modem and the telephone exchange can theoretically achieve," he notes, while throughput is defined as the measure of data transfer when downloading content online.

So for those who live adjacent to telephone exchanges, there is a reasonable chance of receiving headline speeds, but residents who live some distance from the nearest hub, throughput may more accurately inform them of speeds that are likely to be achieved.

Following the recent assertion by BT that UK providers need to be clearer when advertising broadband speeds, national broadband supplier Tiscali has responded to Tech Radar, informing the online resource that it was "doing its utmost" to provide consumers with correct information regarding the speed of its service.

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