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

06 Декабря 2017

From "no one owns the internet" to "this will destroy the internet", a great many lies are being peddled about the pending repeal in the U.S. of "net neutrality" - the remarkably manipulative name for a set of rules that grants government increased control over the internet.

The FCC is scheduled to hold a vote on December 14 over an order to replace and repeal the 2015 United States rules enforcing net neutrality.

Under the open internet rules passed in the USA two years ago, ISPs are required to abide by the principles of net neutrality: The companies must offer consumers equal access to online content and services and are prohibited from blocking or slowing traffic to websites at their discretion. Still, according to Schniederman, the FCC has refused to provide help to determine who may be responsible for the alleged fake commenting.

Schneiderman says tens of thousands of people across the country may have had their names attached to the fake submissions.

The FCC does not require commenters to verify their identity, and features on the FCC website allow multiple comments to be uploaded from the same computer at once.

Last week, Schniederman's office created a website for people to check if their identities had been used to submit FCC comments.

"Even right here in my office, my assistant press secretary, Rachel, had a phony comment submitted under her name using the address of her childhood home", Schneiderman said.

"The slowdown in investment is destroying jobs and risks a big future tax hike to make up for lost private investment". Schneiderman said that the inspector general's office of the FCC offered its help only Monday morning, ahead of the news conference.

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"The FCC is on course to eliminate net neutrality guided by a record corrupted by hundreds of thousands of filings with stolen identities", Rosenworcel said.

More: Net Neutrality comments were a record.

Separate independent studies also found high levels of suspected fake comments.

Some consumers have complained to the FCC that their own names or addresses have been used without their permission to submit false comments that they did not support. Broadband providers like Comcast Corp. and AT&T Inc. have cheered the planned changes. "Presumably, these comments originated from individuals that took the time to type a personalized comment". And the son of a woman from Albany contacted Schneiderman's office, he said, to report that she had passed away a month before a comment in her name was submitted.

Although Schneiderman said he has received more than 3,200 complaints, including 350 in NY, from those who say comments were made in their or a relative's name without their consent, the FCC is refusing to provide any records or data to help with the investigation.

In a surprise twist, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced on Monday that FCC officials charged with investigating incidents of fraud have agreed to cooperate with a law enforcement investigation into potentially millions of fake comments submitted using the FCC's website this year.

A spokesperson for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican who backs overturning the current rules, said in response to Schneiderman's comments on Monday, "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". "In fact, there is good reason to believe that the record may be replete with fake or fraudulent comments, suggesting that your proposal is fundamentally flawed".

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