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Cable Companies Duped Community Groups Into Fighting Net Neutrality 170

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-need-to-read-the-fine-print dept.
walterbyrd (182728) writes Last week, it transpired that the big cable companies were bankrolling fake consumer groups like Broadband for America and The American Consumer Institute. These 'independent consumer advocacy groups' are, in truth, nothing of the sort, and instead represent the interests of its benefactors, in the fight against net neutrality. If that wasn't bad enough, VICE is now reporting that several of the real community groups (and an Ohio bed-and-breakfast) that were signed up as supporters of Broadband for America were either duped into joining, or were signed up to the cause without their consent or knowledge.
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Cable Companies Duped Community Groups Into Fighting Net Neutrality

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 12, 2014 @04:40AM (#47220435)

    where the fuck is the alacarte programming options? you bribed the fcc into allowing you to encrypt all video signals and go all-digital.. so now that every customer must have a company-provided receiver, recorder, or cable card... you no longer have ANY EXCUSE for not offering what customers demand -- the ability to pick-and-choose each individual channel or network they want and to only pay for those and not the hundreds of others which are pure junk and would never stand on their own if their existence depended upon viewer choice.

    (satellite companies have nothing standing in THEIR way, either, for offering alacarte programming)

  • Maybe (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 12, 2014 @05:18AM (#47220519)

    More investigative journalism is the shot in the arm that America needs right now and maybe Snowden did a good thing.

  • by Assmasher (456699) on Thursday June 12, 2014 @07:11AM (#47220903) Journal

    The irony here is that I think Obama has been tremendously disappointing, and yet he's light years better than the idiot that came before him...

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