As the FCC continues to thwart Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) attempts to shine more light on the bogus comments that plagued the agency’s net neutrality repeal, one of the FCC’s commissioners has accused her own agency of “thwarting” journalism and hiding the truth.
The New York Times and other outlets recently sued the FCC, stating the agency is blocking efforts by journalists and consumer groups to discover who was behind the millions of bogus comments that plagued the FCC’s net neutrality repeal late last year.
Countless consumers (including myself) and several Senators say they had their identities lifted and used to support the FCC’s repeal during the agency’s public comment period, the only opportunity most Americans had to make their views known on the subject. Evidence suggests hackers used bots and a compromised database to flood the proceeding with bogus support.
As a result, even the dead “supported” Ajit Pai’s repeal of net neutrality, despite the fact that public polling suggests broad bipartisan support for the rules.
With the Dec. 10 deadline for the House of Representatives to reverse the FCC's deeply unpopular repeal of net neutrality rapidly approaching, a coalition of websites, prominent celebrity activists, and advocacy groups representing millions of Americans are participating in an internet-wide day of action on Thursday to pressure members of Congress to back the legislative effort to restore net neutrality protections before it's too late.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai acknowledged Monday that the FCC lied about its public comment system being taken down by a DDoS attack during the net neutrality repeal proceeding. Pai blamed the spreading of false information on employees hired by the Obama administration and said that he isn't to blame because he "inherited... a culture" from "the prior Administration" that led to the spreading of false information.
Six months after the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal federal net neutrality protections, the changes have quietly gone into effect. “There was an internet-wide freakout in December and I have not seen the same freakout around this deadline,” said Democratic Washington state Representative Drew Hansen, who introduced a bill that restored net neutrality laws in that state. In May, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai revealed that the rules would formally expire on June 11. The deadline means there are no longer any federal protections for net neutrality in the United States. But it’s unlikely ISPs would try any shady behavior when the fight to restore these rules is ongoing and critics are closely watching the companies.
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