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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    rwbronco, 26 Feb 2008 @ 5:02pm

    Few People Stayed - Scores Left Out

    From the article:

    "Some of those placeholders, however, did more than wait in line: They filled many of the seats at the meeting, according to eyewitnesses. As a result, scores of Comcast critics and other members of the public were denied entry because the room filled up well before the beginning of the hearing."

    Explain to me how a few people staying in the courtroom keeps scores of critics and "other members of the public" out of the courtroom...sure if a few stay - a few critics are denied entry. It's not 3 critics to 1 random seat filler. Don't hype it up by making it sound like every critic that wanted in couldn't get in because the 2 college students shown in the picture were sleeping.

    Also who is "other members of the public?" and why is it necessary to lump them in with the critics? If they're against Comcast's practices - they're critics...they don't have to be journalists or have a weblog to be called "critics."

    Stupid one-sided journalism.

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