Thursday, 14 December, 2017

AG Scheiderman: Fake Comments Corrupted FCC's Feedback On Net Neutrality

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But when asked recently about New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's investigation into the public's comments to the FCC about net neutrality, a spokesman for Pai told SiliconBeat pushed back.

The FCC received nearly 23 million comments since last spring, when Pai first made it clear that he would review the FCC's framework for its net neutrality rules.

In a November 21st open letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Attorney General Schneiderman announced that his office has - for six months - been investigating the submission of enormous numbers of fake comments on the possible repeal of neutrality rules, which used real Americans' identities. Last week, Schneiderman set up a website that allows New Yorkers to report if their name and identifying info was misused to make a fraudulent net neutrality feedback comment appear legitimate.

It seems that the public letter-writing trend is catching on, with 28 USA senators now co-signing a letter to the FCC officially asking the commission to delay their December 14th vote. "But the FCC is on course to eliminate net neutrality guided by a record corrupted by hundreds of thousands of filings with stolen identities, close to half a million comments from Russian e-mail addresses, and an alleged distributed denial of service attack", said FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. The August study by researcher Emprata found that among the sliver of comments that were unique, non-form letters, more (1.77 million) were against the repeal than for the repeal (24,000). Between June and November, Schneiderman's office requested logs and "other records" from the FCC nine times, but has received "no substantive response to our investigative requests". One of the people whose name was used to submit a fake net neutrality comment included Schneiderman's assistant press secretary, he said.

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The Attorney General's Office has been investigating the cases for six months.

He also called on the FCC to delay a planned December 14 vote on chairman Ajit Pai's proposal to roll back numerous existing rules, which now ban internet providers from blocking or throttling traffic, or from selling "fast lanes" so content providers can reach consumers more quickly. But Schneiderman said that "unless we get the information from the FCC, it's anecdotal evidence".

"Without additional information about the alleged anomalies surrounding the public records, the FCC can not conduct a thorough and fair evaluation of the public's view on this topic, and should not move forward with a vote on December 14, 2017". "This is an attempt by people who want to keep the Obama Administration's heavy-handed Internet regulations to delay the vote because they realize that their effort to defeat the plan to restore internet freedom has stalled".

"It is clear that our process for serving the public interest is broken and I do not believe that the agency should move forward until a credible investigation is completed".

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