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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    brajabu, 28 Feb 2008 @ 7:13am

    Apparently Comcast is paying people to comment on the internet also. I don't think there are really this many people who honestly have to search their souls to understand why paying people to attend a public meeting is a scumbag thing to do. Unless you are a financial dependant of afformentioned scumbags. Problem is that these companies have soiled there own reputations so badly, that when I read support for their underhanded practices. I automatically assume said supporters are working for these companies, and only digging a deeper dirtier public relations mess for themselves.

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