Silencing dissent

The bandwidth limits of a hearing room in Boston were stressed to the breaking point Monday, bought up by a large corporation, with the intended side effect that the voice of the people was silenced. In a terrible twist of irony, this was exactly the problem those silenced people wanted to complain about - net neutrality.

Some Mainers were among those shut out of the Federal Communications Commission hearing.

Check out the report by once-and-future Mainer Mike Miliard here, complete with a glorious photo of some of the people paid to occupy seats to keep activists out. (Hint: they're not the ones so passionate and informed about the issue that they drove several hours to talk to government officials about it. They are, instead, the ones sleeping in the front row whose undisturbed slumber barred the informed travelers from petitioning their government to redress grievances.)

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