There was recently a public hearing in Cambridge, MA talking with the FCC about Comcast’s policy of blocking certain traffic on its network. This is quite upsetting to many since it seems almost like censorship. That is, does Comcast have the right to block you from doing whatever it is you want to do on the Internet. This meeting covered this exact topic.
According to "Save the Internet Blog", Comcast paid people to attend the event on their behalf and basically filled up the entire hall with supporters. This prevented regular people (e.g. non-Comcast lackies) or Comcast critics for attending. Comcast has since admitted that they did indeed pay people to attend the meeting.
This is crazy and is very wrong. I am not one of these anti-business type people, but I believe that these kind of forums should be open to the public and not secretly undermined by major stakeholders. I am not sure what, if any, repercussions Comcast will face from this, but I think that they need more than a slap on the wrist to set an example.