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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    Coaster, 27 Feb 2008 @ 5:35pm

    AHAHAHAHAHA I just read the entire article...

    This is from the last line - Unlike Comcast, Free Press did not pay anyone to stand in line...

    And THAT is the entire story. Comcast only paid those people (and we don't even know how many) to stand in line. They sat through the whole thing of their own accord. That makes them members of the general public at that point. Free Press is just upset that they didn't think of it first.

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