NY AG continues to investigate 'fake' comments on net neutrality
Dec 05 2017
The Federal Communications Commission is set to dismantle regulations, put in place under President Obama, that are meant to ensure that all online content is treated equally.
Schneiderman and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel urged the agency's chair, Ajit Pai, to fully cooperate with the state's investigation of more than one million comments that were made nationwide during the public discussion. And the son of a woman from Albany contacted Schneiderman's office, he said, to report that she had passed away a month before the comment was submitted. Margret Hassan, D-N.H., Sen. Without additional information about the alleged anomalies surrounding the public record, the FCC can not conduct a thorough and fair evaluation of the public's views on this topic, and should not move forward with a vote on December 14, 2017. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Schneiderman said that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has so far rebuffed his requests for assistance in the probe.
More than two dozen US senators sent a letter Monday to the Federal Communications Commission, to express concern about the agency's plan to change the net neutrality policy enacted under former President Barack Obama.
Schneiderman did not specify if the comments his office identified as fake were primarily in support of or against the current net neutrality rules. The Democratic commissioners are against Pai's plan to roll back net neutrality rules.
There is fear that could lead to higher prices and less access to the internet. "This is unacceptable. The integrity of the public record matters. The FCC has knowingly maintained a system that has already been corrupted and is susceptible to abuse". He called on government officials in other states that with residents that appear to have "likely victims" to get involved, including California, Missouri, Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
"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". "Anyone else see the irony?" "This is just evidence that supporters of heavy-handed Internet regulations are becoming more desperate by the day as their effort to defeat Chairman Pai's plan to restore Internet freedom has stalled", Pai's office said in a statement. "That includes as many as 50,000 people here in NY", he said.
"The FCC must invest its time and resources into obtaining a more accurate picture of the record as understanding that record is essential to reaching a defensible resolution to this proceeding", the Senators concluded.
Meanwhile, an FCC member called on the commission to delay a scheduled December 14 vote on repealing net neutrality rules enacted under the Obama administration until an investigation can be completed.
According to the sources, Chairman Pai's staff had expressed concern that any attempt to block fraudulent comments would result in accusations that Pai was trying to censor net neutrality advocates.
"The idea that the FTC will come to the rescue if net neutrality is destroyed at the FCC is a bad joke".