In case you hadn't noticed, the telco/broadband industry has been pretty busy in Washington DC lately trying to impact policy in their favor. And with that, of course, comes plenty of stories about so-called consumer groups that are really backed by the incumbents. This isn't that surprising or unknown... but a new report tries to remove the astroturf and shine a light on the dirt beneath it. It's good to make more people aware that these groups don't necessarily have consumers' real best interests at hand -- but it's hardly a surprise these days. So whatever happened to real consumer interest groups? Have they all disappeared? The really sad part, though, is that politicians and policy makers should already know that these groups aren't particularly legitimate -- so why do they still listen to them and use their information as the basis for legislation?
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