Yesterday a cameraman for the Free Press caught two members of the audience napping during an FCC hearing on net neutrality at Harvard Law School. Now we don't blame them for snoozing through a meeting about net neutrality--our eyes glaze over just thinking about it--but it does raise the question: why would you go to an FCC hearing if you are bored by that type of thing?
Portfolio's Sam Gustin has answered the question: they were there because cable giant Comcast paid them to be there. Comcast had planned to pack the meeting with its local employees, and had paid some people off the street to show-up early and hold places in the line for the employees.
"Some of those placeholders, however, did more than wait in line: they filled many of the seats at the meeting, according to eyewitnesses," Gustin reports. "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."
Money can't buy you love, but it can buy you napping bodies to keep your critics at bay.
Comcast Astroturfs the Old-Fashioned Way [Portfolio.com]