Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Senators anxious about fake comments in FCC plan to change net neutrality

Eric Schneiderman CREDIT Mary Altaffer AP REX Shutterstock
Dexter Carr | 05 December, 2017, 02:06

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman took aim at the integrity of the FCC's rule-making proceeding to roll back many of its current net neutrality rules, pointing to evidence that numerous public comments filed come from stolen identities or are fake.

The protests are being organized by Team Internet, a "grassroots network of almost half a million volunteer activists spearheaded by Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, and Free Press Action Fund, three of the groups behind the massive July 12 net neutrality day of action that drove millions of comments, emails, and phone calls to the FCC and Congress".

The FCC's inspector general told Schneiderman Monday it would be assisting his office, but the attorney general said the agency needed to go farther. "But my office's investigation found that this process was deeply corrupted - with one million comments that may have been submitted using real people's stolen identities", said Attorney General Schneiderman. He set up a website for people to check and report whether their name was improperly used for commenting.

The page "allows anyone that thinks their identity may have been stolen to check the complete file of FCC comments and see if a fake submission was made in their name". "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.

The FCC is scheduled to hold a vote on December 14th over an order to replace and repeal the 2015 rules enforcing net neutrality. He has said that the FCC does not need to impose any tougher rules on ISPs to protect consumers, as the Federal Trade Commission will continue to do that.

More news: "House Of Cards" Will Return For A Final Season-Without Kevin Spacey
More news: David De Gea: I felt unstoppable
More news: Bills vs. Patriots: Tyrod Taylor hurt in blowout loss (10 observations)

Twenty-eight US senators, including Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, also sent a letter to Pai Monday urging him to postpone the vote in light of the investigation.

Prior to releasing the open letter, the Attorney General's office had contacted the FCC and its top officials at least nine times to request assistance in its investigation.

The Federal Communications Commission is on the verge of a historic vote to gut net neutrality rules and potentially ruin our internet.

The chairman announced a plan in April to repeal the rules that restrict internet service providers from discriminating against certain websites. While Pai contends the regulations were hurting ISPs, opponents say it crucially prevented them from imposing restrictive measures such as speed throttling or content preference.

"This so-called investigation is nothing more than a transparent attempt by a partisan supporter of the Obama Administration's heavy-handed Internet regulations to gain publicity for himself", he said in an email November 22.

Recommended

Republican voters don't believe accusations against Roy Moore Republican voters don't believe accusations against Roy Moore It has a 3.8 point margin of error for questions based upon the entire sample and a 4.8 point margin of error for likely voters. It's another indicator voters might look past sexual misconduct allegations against Moore and put him in office anyway.

Penn State to take on Washington in Fiesta Bowl Penn State to take on Washington in Fiesta Bowl This is the fourth straight year in a row the Nittany Lions are playing in a bowl game under Coach James Franklin . The Lions' last trip to the game came in the 1996 season, a 38-15 win over Texas.

Clearing skies tonight; mostly cloudy skies push by Sunday Clearing skies tonight; mostly cloudy skies push by Sunday A cloudy start today with some rain for much of England and Wales although this will clear southeastwards to sunny spells. Shower chances increase during the afternoon as the front closes in, and become likely during the evening and overnight.

Alabama joins Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia Alabama joins Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia Alabama and Clemson have played in the past two finals, with each coming down to the final minute; the Tide won the 2015 title. As a result, there was a pretty reasonable consensus across the college football polls for Badger football.

Xiaomi Mobile Phones : Latest & New Mobile Phones List Xiaomi Mobile Phones : Latest & New Mobile Phones List The Xiaomi Redmi 5A will also come with an IR blaster which can turn the device into a universal remote with the Mi Remote app. Post Reliance Jio's entry into the market previous year , the country was plunged into the depths of a 4G-VoLTE revolution.