Comcast Hires People Off The Street To Fill Seats At FCC Hearing

from the better-to-keep-out-those-net-neutrality-hippies dept

We pretty much ignored yesterday's FCC hearing concerning Comcast's traffic shaping activities, as the whole thing seemed like a bit of grandstanding. However, it's fairly stunning to find out that Comcast has admitted to hiring people off the street to fill seats at the hearing, blocking out many Comcast critics who were turned away once the room was full. Comcast claims that they hired the people merely to act as placeholders for Comcast employees (since, apparently, Comcast employees are too important to actually show up on time and wait in line like everyone else). However, as the picture at that first link shows many of the "paid" sitters stayed throughout the event and either slept or cheered on Comcast.

Filed Under: fcc, fcc hearing, traffic shaping
Companies: comcast, fcc

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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Feb 2008 @ 5:55am

    Re: Few People Stayed - Scores Left Out

    Well, if 'scores' were kept out, maybe it was 'scores' who were payed to take up seats. I haven't read TFA, but does it give numbers? Do they say how many (or how few) people Comcast paid to be there?

    Comcast critics, Comcast-paid stand-ins, and other members of the public are three sepparate groups. Yes, critics and other members of the public may be, but don't have to be, the same people. However, The stand-ins are not "other members of the public" because they were paid by an interested party to be there and probably had no other motivation to attend; other members of the public at least had something to offer which was not tainted by a payoff.

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