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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Demands for FCC To Take Action On Fake Net-Neutrality

In this May 15, 2014 file photo, protesters hold a rally at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, DC to support "net neutrality." (Photo: Karen Bleier, AFP/Getty Images)

A letter addressed to the Federal Communications Commission is urging the agency to investigate fake comments on net neutrality the letter writers say were falsely made in their names.

The letter posted to the website of non-profit organization Fight For the Future says names and addresses were used to submit fake comments they didn't make.

"We are disturbed by reports that indicate you have no plans to remove these fraudulent comments from the public docket," reads an excerpt from the letter. "Whoever is behind this stole our names and addresses, publicly exposed our private information without our permission, and used our identities to file a political statement we did not sign onto."

The 14 people who signed the letter say they want an investigation and are urging the agency to remove the fake comments.

The FCC could not be immediately reached for comment.

The FCC opened its website to a three-month period of public comment on net neutrality after the agency voted 2-1 to replace rules put in place in 2015.


The rules prevent Internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking or throttling legal content, as well as not allowing ISPs to accept payment to prioritize some data.

Newly-appointed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has sought to undo the regulations, claiming they  are too burdensome.

"We propose to repeal utility-style regulation of the Internet," said Pai after last week's vote.

Concerns over fake comments posted to the FCC website surfaced following a report from tech website The Verge, citing people listed among commenters who claim they never submitted anything on net neutrality.

The FCC will accept initial public comments until July 17, with replies to those comments filed by August 16. Commentary on net neutrality received a huge boost after HBO host John Oliver urged viewers of his show Last Week Tonight to leave comments.

Source : USA Today
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