Friday, November 20, 2009

Fighting the future: Telco/cable duopoly resorts to astroturfing to preserve status quo

Here's a key passage from a screed by Tim Karr of Free Press deploring the use of phony grassroots "astroturf" groups by the telco/cable duopoly to cloak its self interested protectionism in populist-sounding righteousness:

On Internet policy, astroturf groups have pocketed millions from industry to fulfill Job No. 1: Lock in incumbent phone and cable companies' control over high-speed Internet connections in America. At present, these companies provide 97 percent of fixed connections into American homes, a status quo they are willing to spend untold sums to maintain.

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