The FCC is considering holding a fresh hearing on net neutrality, with Comcast and Verizon again in attendance -- and this time it may be at Stanford. The do-over after a mini-scandal erupted over the first hearing, held at Harvard; Comcast flacks confessed they'd paid people off the street to act as seatwarmers. Let this be a lesson to you all: If you're going to meddle in politics, do it skillfully enough not to get caught.
The Harvard hearing, a rare outside-the-Beltway event, ended disastrously for all involved. The hearing had many more attendees than were expected, with the room running out of space well before the hearing began. As a result, dozens of members of the public and opposition groups were refused entry. Comcast's ruse was detected when some of its fresh hires fell asleep.
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Image: Comcast's yellow-highlighter-wearing goons snoozing off during the hearing (photo: Free Press. The term "comcastards" is TM, 2008, Brian Lam).
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