More truthiness from big telecoms

More truthiness from big telecoms

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A lot of the 'net neutrality debate focuses on how trustworthy the telecom firms are.

Judge for yourself:

Looks like these guys have set up fake, grassroots-sounding sites:

The site, along with handsoff.org (which dontregulate.org links to) was put together by TSE Enterprises, an internet-oriented lobbying/PR firm. The campaign's member organizations—and likely bill-payers—is dominated by telecom industry players, despite the "About Us" page asserting that "Hands Off The Internet is a nationwide coalition of Internet users…" Sure. Of course, corporations are users too.

The campaign is awfully anonymous-sounding and missing actual humans (in addition to missing and misrepresenting actual facts), with the exception of Mike McCurry—the chair of this coalition of users. McCurry is a K Street lobbyist and PR consultant, formerly a press secretary in the Clinton White House.

The Center for Public Integrity has TSE Enterprises tied the conservative Progress for America Voter's Fund and Sourcewatch has aggregated some bits on other projects they're associated.

This is clearly an example product of the PR and lobbying sector enabling the facade of broad support for unsubstantiated claims from unaccountable entities, many of which are subsidized by government run by politicians who often seem to be in effect, subsidized by those same entities (in the form of their top-ranking executives personal contributions and the activities of lobbying efforts associated with industry).

Mike, CJ Cregg would be very disappointed.

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