Friday, June 06, 2014

Cable companies are funding fake consumer groups against Net Neutrality

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According to Vice several cable companies have been caught Astroturfing by funding various groups that are designed to represent consumers, but are actually cable companies paying outside companies to support their agenda. A few examples are Broadband of America, which is supposed to be a coalition of independent advocacy groups and includes senator John Sununu among their members, is funded a big cable lobbyist NCTA. Another group called American Consumer Institute which is another anti-net neutrality voice of “the people” receives the majority of their funding by the CTIA, which represents the wireless industry. When you find out that most of the voices against Net Neutrality are in fact funded by the cable industry it doesn’t say much about your stance and enforces why everyone but ISP’s are against the proposed changes.