New York Attorney General Letitia James’s office has revealed in a new report that nearly 18 million of the more than 22 million comments the FCC received in its 2017 regulations were bogus, intended to support the repeal of net neutrality, the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) should provide all online content in the same way and prevent them from favoring their own services or customers over their competitors.
A $ 4.2 million effort funded by Broadband for America, which includes major internet providers like AT&T, Comcast and Charter, reportedly accounted for more than 8.5 million of the FCC’s fake comments. Millions more have been submitted by a teenage student in California.
“The New York Attorney General’s Office (OAG) found that false comments accounted for nearly 18 million of the more than 22 million comments the FCC received when making its rules in 2017,” the report says. the G. NET NEUTRALITY VOTE: FCC REPEALS OBAMA-ERA INTERNET RULES
“These illegal schemes are unacceptable,” AG James wrote on Twitter.
“Today, we have prevented three of these marketing companies from continuing their illegal behavior and recommended reforms to end this type of fraud in the future,” she added. “We will continue to shed light on the abuse and misinformation that stifles the voices of the American people. “
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The Trump administration’s repeal of net neutrality, which the FCC called the “Restoration of Internet Freedom Order” and which overturned Obama-era rules, came into effect on the 11th. June 2018. The FCC, led by then-chairman Ajit Pai, said their move would replace “unnecessary and harsh regulations dating back to 1934 with strong consumer protections, increased transparency and common sense regulations that will promote the investment and deployment of broadband ”.
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FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel condemned the move at the time, arguing that it would give ISPs “the right to discriminate against and promote Internet traffic from companies with which they have fee-for-service agreements. and the right to entrust all other and bumpy road. ”