Senators, prosecutor cite fake comments on internet rules

Senators, prosecutor cite fake comments on internet rules

Data scientist Jeff Kao has also run an analysis of the public record, and estimates that over a million comments filed in support of repealing net neutrality may have been fake. 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). Broadband for America, which has advocated for rolling back regulations, financed a study that showed that nearly 8 million comments appeared to be generated by "temporary" and "disposable" email domains linked to fakeemailgenerator.com.

The 2015 rules changed the designation of internet service providers, or ISPs, usually big cable and telephone companies, so they were banned from blocking or throttling (slowing) legal content or from seeking payments to speed delivery of certain content, called "paid prioritization".

Citing the findings of Schneiderman's office and other researchers, the senators wrote, "These reports raise serious concerns as to whether the record the FCC is now relying on has been tampered with and merits the full attention of, and investigation by, the FCC before votes on this item are cast".

Schneiderman's office has launched investigation into alleged fraudulent comments filed with the FCC both for and against dismantling the rules, and found that up to a million of the 23 million total comments received by the FCC may be fraudulent.

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"For months", said Schneiderman, "we've been pleading with the FCC to help us with our investigation so we can get to the bottom of what happened and determine who is responsible".

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The spokesperson said that Schneiderman had not identified as fake any comments that were used as part of Pai's proposal. Now he is FCC chairman and wants to roll back the net neutrality rules that were adopted two years ago.

Jessica Rosenworcel, one of two Democratic commissioners now on the FCC, also called for the vote to be delayed pending a full investigation. If so, and if the FCC rolls back the net neutrality rules December 14, then neither the FTC nor the FCC will have the authority to regulate broadband providers.

He set up a website for people to check and report whether their name was improperly used for commenting.

Twenty-eight US senators, including Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, also sent a letter to Pai Monday urging him to postpone the vote in light of the investigation. One campaign says it has generated more than 750,000 phone calls to legislators.

"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".

Schneiderman had argued that "hundreds of thousands of identical anti-net neutrality comments under the names and addresses of unwitting Americans" constitutes illegal impersonation and misuse of a person's identity.

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