View Full Version : The Consumerist: Comcast Stacks FCC Hearing Seats With Sleepy Shills [Net Neutrality]

February 27th, 2008, 3:20pm
http://consumerist.com/assets/resources/2008/02/chillinglikeashilling.jpgComcast admitted to paying its employees to sit in at a F.C.C. hearing (http://www.portfolio.com/news-markets/top-5/2008/02/26/Comcast-FCC-Hearing-Strategy) on net neutrality at the Harvard Law School today, depriving angry protesters from their right to sit in those folding chairs. Despite the venue being filled to over capacity, keeping some people from entering, not everyone inside seemed appreciative of their privilege. One Comcast employee admitted on tape (http://www.freepress.net/docs/paid_to_hold_seat.mp3), "I'm just getting paid to hold someone's seat, I don't even know what's going on." According to SaveTheInternet.com (http://www.savetheinternet.com/blog/2008/02/25/comcast-blocking-first-the-internet-now-the-public/), the Comcast employees, "arrived en masse some 90 minutes before the hearing began and occupied almost every available seat, upon which many promptly fell asleep." The stacked audience's behavior was limited to wearing a yellow highlighter, sleeping during the proceedings, and loudly applauding when Comcast VP David Cohen got on the mic.

Comcast PR rep Jen Khoury told Portfolio, Comcast informed our local employees about the hearing and invited them to attend... Some employees did attend, along with many members of the general public," adding that, "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."
Whichever side you believe, one thing is for certain: Comcast employees are very tired (exhibit A (http://consumerist.com/consumer/top/comcast-tech-falls-asleep-on-customers-couch-182182.php), exhibit B (http://consumerist.com/consumer/cable/pix-of-2nd-comcast-tech-asleep-on-customers-bed-206654.php)).

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