Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Cavalcade of Capitalists: Meanwhile, AT&T's Evil Twin Skippy ...

Via Josh Marshall, Comcast admits to paying otherwise disinterested Cambridge passers-by to fill seats so that advocates of net neutrality could not attend an FCC hearing on the subject at Harvard. You have to see the photo of the Comcastic mercenaries sleeping through the hearing. It's democracy at work, with the cable giant wasting your tax dollars in order to render a government hearing moot.

In other telecom news, the Christian Coalition (of all groups!) is stepping up to push for net neutrality:
The monopolistic phone and cable companies such as Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and Time Warner have been lobbying to kill Net Neutrality. When Congressman Pickering's and Congressman Markey's bill is passed and signed into law, these companies will be forbidden to discriminate against Web sites such as Christian Coalition of America or indeed any grassroots organizations or services based on their source, ownership or destination. The Markey/Pickering bill will write Net Neutrality protections into the Communications Act to preserve an open and non-discriminatory Internet.
It is probably the only time I've ever agreed with CC on anything.

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