Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Comcast should be ashamed

Not only did Comcast pay people to fill seats and cheer them on at a recent FCC hearing where Comcast's practice of discriminating against certain network traffic was being questioned, but they have a ridiculous "defense" of why they did so:

Comcast spokeswoman Sena Fitzmaurice said it hired seat-holders only after an advocacy group called Free Press urged its backers to attend.

"For the past week, the Free Press has engaged in a much more extensive campaign to lobby people to attend the hearing on its behalf," Philadelphia-based Comcast said in a statement.

Does Comcast really not see the difference between paying people to fill seats and cheer for a cause they've been told to cheer for and organizing citizens to voluntarily attend an event and cheer on a cause they're invested in? I really wish the broadband market was more competitive so that people could actually cancel their accounts in protest.

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