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Ryan Blethen discusses the press, media and democracy. Daily Democracy is part of the Democracy Papers, a series of articles, essays and editorial opinion examining threats to our freedoms of speech and the press.

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February 26, 2008 2:02 PM

Stifling more than the Internet

Posted by Ryan Blethen

Is it smart for a company going before a federal regulatory agency to answer questions about how it has blocked content on the Internet to try and block the public from the hearing?

According to Portfolio that is what Comcast did yesterday at a Federal Communications Commission hearing. The broadband giant paid folks off the street to hold spaces for Comcast employees.

Comcast counters the complaint by saying that Free Press had publicized the hearing for weeks. Free Press should have promoted the hearing. If Comcast felt its position was that strong it could have heavily promoted it through its cable empire. Instead decided to flood the place with people whose only motivation was some quick cash.

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