04/24/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Comcast Refuses To Attend FCC Hearing

Comcast, the nation's largest cable company, has opted to sit out tomorrow's Federal Communications Commission hearing on broadband network management practices at Stanford, has learned.

As a result, the company will not face one of its most prominent critics, Lawrence Lessig, the iconoclastic Stanford law professor and "free culture" advocate who is set to give introductory remarks.

Although invited by the F.C.C. to discuss yesterday's announcement that it is developing a file-sharing "Bill of Rights" with peer-to-peer company Pando, Comcast has declined to attend the hearing.