Comcast packs 'em in at FCC hearing

The company admits it hired people off the street to save places for its employees. But some, apparently, also took up some of the precious few seats, displacing potential critics.

Comcast got an earful from critics at Monday's FCC hearing on the campus of Harvard Law School, but did the cable company manage to shut out some unsympathetic folks? That would seem to be the case--Comcast acknowledges that it hired people off the street to stand in line for the meeting, ostensibly just to save places for its employees. But some, apparently, also stayed for the hearing to take up some of the precious few seats and, presumably, displace Comcast foes.

Read the details at Portfolio.com: "Grassroots Support? Or Astroturf?"

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