SD Senator John Thune; Time to Roll Back Net Neutrality

05 December, 2017, 02:39 | Author: Carmen Reese
  • Trump's FCC chair shuts down celebrities pushing net neutrality conspiracy theory

"So I call on my colleagues to halt this vote until we get to the bottom of what has happened with these stolen identities and the quality of our public record", said Rosenworcel, who was nominated by President Barack Obama to the FCC. "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".

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. 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.

According to Schneiderman, the net neutrality feedback process generated more than 23 million total comments, marking an unprecedented level of participation.

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.

Schneiderman pointed to a study paid for by an industry group that represents Internet service providers called Broadband for America, which he says has acknowledged that as many as eight million comments submitted to the FCC may have been fake.

The FCC's commenting system is not like an election. For decades, it has served as the medium by which many people around the globe have connected and learned from each other and in its wake, technology has expanded dozens of times over to facilitate these connections via email, instant messaging and now video calling.

Trump's FCC chair shuts down celebrities pushing net neutrality conspiracy theory

"50,000 #NetNeutrality consumer complaints vs. the @FCC majority's draft order that says no conduct rules are necessary", Clyburn tweeted Monday.

"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.

But chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, has unveiled plans that will likely result in change that policy. It is because of net neutrality that anyone can easily watch a YouTube video, get bored and binge a few episodes of Stranger Things on Netflix and then switch to their Hulu account and catch up on their favorite shows.

The New York Attorney General's office has been working on getting to the bottom of the fake FCC net neutrality comment controversy for months. Schneiderman said it's a more "mixed bag" now. "Given the enormous danger to consumers of losing all protections should the Ninth Circuit decide to affirm the panel decision and side with AT&T Mobility, the FCC should delay a vote until the en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit issues its decision", the letter said.

Schneiderman said his team "discovered lots of anecdotal evidence" that some of the comments left on the FCC website appeared to not be legitimate, which ultimately led to his office's investigation.

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