In the Inquirer today, there's an odd little story about Philadelphia's plan to provide city-wide wireless service. Titled A survey finds mild backing for Internet proposal
, it seems to tell the tale of cable agencies trying to find out how popular this plan is, in preparation for a campaign to fight it, if not here, then nationwide (where Philly's example is being discussed). But somehow the poll also seemed to be trying to get some political information -- for example:
The first question asked respondents whether they supported "the City of Philadelphia's plan to provide wireless internet access," while the second asked whether they supported "Mayor Street's plan to provide wireless internet access."
In essence, I got the feeling that these cable guys were trying out a variety of possible messages that could be used to interfere with this plan at various stages, and/or priming respondants with negative information (push-poll style). A little creepy and way below the public's radar.