said by wordwatcher :
that he "declined" the invitation. The headline kind of threw me off at first. Comcast can't deny anyone's invitation to a public hearing, even the invitation it received.
In addition, this is not a meeting that was announced at the same time as the invitation was extended. The existence and scheduling of the meeting has been known for a few weeks. Thus as soon as it was announced Comcast had the ability to contact the FCC and ASK/DEMAND to participate (not just wait until the day before the meeting for the FCC to remind them of the meeting and extend an offer to participate and tell their side of the story). Since they did not do so, there is no validity to a claim that they are unable to participate at the last moment. This is an out-and-out attempt at spin control to cover up their unwillingness to participate.