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Cable companies accused of faking consumer opposition to net neutrality

2014-06-10 09:57 by
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Cable companies that would benefit the most from an end to net neutrality have been bankrolling so-called "consumer advocacy" groups that aim to kill it. Non-profits like Broadband for America and the American Consumer Institute (ACI), both of which claim to be "independent consumer advocacy groups" and have been fighting against classifying ISPs as a utility (a move that would make it easier to enact net neutrality rules in the future), have been shown to be heavily funded by the cable industry. Broadband for America, claims to be a broad "coalition of 300 internet consumer advocates, content providers, and engineers." Not only is Broadband for America largely funded by a single contribution from the National Cable and Telecom Association (NCTA)-the trade group that represents Comcast, Cox, Time Warner Cable, and others-but a closer look at their member list reveals an almost random assortment of companies and community groups, many of which say they never intended to sign up for an anti-net neutrality coalition. Broadband for America hasn't yet commented on these latest revelations.

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