An alleged bot flooded the FCC's commenting capability on the proposed changes to Title II of net neutrality.
Many of the 1.3 million comments used real names and addresses of people across the country which was reported by several media outlets on Nov. 28.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman estimates tens of thousands of New Yorkers may be impacted by these submissions.
On Nov. 29, Schneiderman launched a webpage to report misuse of identities after the FCC refused to assist with an investigation. Schneiderman penned an open letter asking for the FCC to assist with the investigation.
“Everyone should be concerned about potential corruption of the federal policy making process,” said Schneiderman. “The FCC is refusing to help us — or anyone else — conduct a serious investigation, so we’re asking New Yorkers to help us get to the bottom of what happened. New Yorkers deserve a fair and transparent process — not only here where the future of their internet access hangs in the balance, but in every case where the government is considering a policy that affects Americans’ daily lives.”
According to a news release, the FCC reversed course following pressure to assist with investigation on fake comments. The attorney general and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel called for the planned vote on net neutrality Dec. 14 to be delayed while these fake comments are investigated.
In a news release he encourages New Yorkers to visit https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/ and search for their name. If they discover a comment was issued without their knowledge to file a complaint at https://ag.ny.gov/fakecomments.
HBO's Last Week Tonight host John Oliver has been leading the charge for comments on net neutrality to the FCC and his segment has gone viral.
If you are in the dark about what net neutrality is and what it does Oliver breaks it down in his comedic nature.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's has proposed returning to the longstanding light-touch regulatory framework for the Internet and restoring the market-based policies necessary to preserve the future of Internet Freedom.
The FCC has proposed the following:
- Reinstate the "information service" classification of broadband Internet access service first established on a bipartisan basis during the Clinton Administration.
- Restore the determination that mobile broadband is not a "commercial mobile service" subject to heavy-handed regulation.
- Restore the authority of the nation's most experienced cop on the privacy beat – the Federal Trade Commission — to police the privacy practices of ISPs.
Many have worried the reversal of President Barack Obama enacted with Title II of the net neutrality rules will open the Internet to a pay-to-play system.
The rules will go up for a vote on Dec. 14.
— Adam Colver