This is how democracy looks like: The Save The Internet coalition is claiming that Comcast paid dozens of attendants of yesterday's FCC hearings just to make sure that citizens critical of the company's Bittorrent blocking couldn't get in. From Savetheinternet.com:

"Comcast — or someone who really, really likes Comcast — evidently bused in its own crowd. These seat-warmers, were paid to fill the room, a move that kept others from taking part. They arrived en masse some 90 minutes before the hearing began and occupied almost every available seat, upon which many promptly fell asleep."


It's hard to say if these accusations are true, especially since I wasn't there, but the Savetheinternet.com blog features some interesting photos of sleeping audience members as well as this audio recording:

Save The Internet believes that Comcast's mission to take up seats and silence critics was successful:

"More than 100 people who arrived at the appointed time for the hearing were turned away by campus police because the room was already full."

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