December 14, 2017

NY Attorney general reports nearly two million fake comments to FCC on net neutrality

CNET - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's staffers have likely been burning the midnight oil. Just a day before the FCC's scheduled vote to reverse net neutrality rules, Schneiderman reported that as many as 2 million comments submitted to the agency on the topic misused identities of real Americans. He says he found more than 100,000 "fake comments" per state from New York, Florida, Texas and California.

Schneiderman opened his investigation last month on behalf of New Yorkers after learning that fake public comments came in posing as "hundreds and thousands" of Americans.

The FCC rejected requests from Schneiderman and 28 senators to delay the vote until after the fake comments could be investigated. On Wednesday, he reiterated concern in light of his office's new findings.

Common Dreams - Despite new polling that shows more than 80 percent of Americans oppose Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to repeal net neutrality protections for the internet—which has provoked months of national protests—the FCC is disregarding that concern and will carry out its scheduled vote on the proposal Thursday.

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