On Monday, in Cambridge, the FCC held a hearing on accusations that Comcast is restricting bandwidth in certain sections of its network. Comcast was there to argue that major ISPs should be able to play “traffic cop” on the Internet.
Obviously, this isn’t very popular among the masses (the AG in NY has subpoenaed them). So, to make sure the public couldn’t express their concern, Comcast essentially bought up all the seats with snoozing line-standers.
Paying people to stand in line in Washington is certainly not new. But, when Comcast uses the line-standers to completely block out the public, it’s a gross misuse of what is normally an acceptable practice.
To bring light to this attack on public access to the hearing, savetheinternet.com created a fantastic video that perfectly represents their argument. It is short, peppy and informative. It contains exactly the pieces of information necessary for those that did and didn’t know about the hearing, and gives you the opportunity to act once you’ve seen it. Well done. It’s probably the first YouTube video to ever get over 12,000 views in one day with the main subject being the FCC.