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Top Feds Call For Delay of Net Neutrality Vote

by Countable | 12.5.17

What’s the story?

Twenty-eight senators, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel are asking the FCC to delay its December 14 vote on net neutrality over concerns that fake public comments were submitted under real peoples’ names.

Why does it matter?

In a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the group of Democratic senators wrote:

"We request a thorough investigation by the FCC into reports that bots may have interfered with this proceeding by filing hundreds of thousands of comments."

In asking for a delay, Schneiderman cited an ISP-funded study that found nearly 8 million comments had been submitted using disposable email addresses, and nearly 10 million comments involved duplicate email and home addresses.

The attorney general is requesting New York residents assist his investigation as "the FCC is refusing to help":

Chairman Pai's office told Ars Technica that despite the concerns, the vote will proceed as scheduled.

"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. The vote will proceed as scheduled on December 14."

What do you think?

Schneiderman said "There’s no way with this set of corrupted records…[we can] have a vote based on what the American people really think." Should the FCC delay its December 14 vote on net neutrality until the fraudulent comments are investigated? Or should the vote move forward as planned? Hit Take Action, tell your reps, then tell Ajit Pai with our widget.

—Josh Herman

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  • Jenny
    12/05/2017
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    I believe the FCC should listen to the people. We want that neutrality not to giveaway to ISPs. The FCC works for us and should listen to us.

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  • Rebecca
    12/05/2017
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    I don't see any way that anything but the majority of American people would prefer to keep the Internet free. Anyone who is voting against net neutrality either has a stake in the game or A lack of knowledge.

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  • Mary
    12/05/2017
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    Delay the vote. In today's world net neutrality is essential to democracy! The move to end net neutrality is just another case of the government putting corporations ahead of citizens.

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  • John
    12/05/2017
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    I support net neutrality, and you should too.

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  • Becca
    12/05/2017
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    Please push to support net neutrality, it is so important everyone has equal access to everything on the internet!

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  • Cole
    12/05/2017
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    Use of the the wording "restoring Internet Freedom" in regards to repealing Net Neutrality Title 2 is extremely misleading as access to the Internet is not controlled by the people, but instead by ISPs meaning that these government regulations are in place to keep access to the Internet open and free while making sure corporations cannot control or censor the information that their customers want to access. If you believe yourself to be a public servant then I believe it behooves you to assist in making sure the actual public's voice is heard on this matter. Encourage the FCC to delay the vote to repeal Net Neutrality and to comply with the investigation into fraudulent comments.

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  • Becca
    12/05/2017
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    I support net neutrality!

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  • Jeremy
    12/06/2017
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    Delay the vote. In today's world net neutrality is essential to democracy! The move to end net neutrality is just another case of the government putting corporations ahead of citizens.

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  • Michael.J.L
    12/06/2017
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    Ending Net Neutrality is just another step (and a big one in these times) towards information control by our government.

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  • Mark
    12/06/2017
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    Net neutrality is good for the average American. Repealing net neutrality is good for the pocketbooks of the telecom industry. Do what’s right for your constituents not Verizon.

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  • Paula
    12/05/2017
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    I agree with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and 28 Senators that the Net Neutraliity vote must be delayed. Thank you for fighting for continued net neutrality.

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  • Rebecca
    12/05/2017
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    Support net neutrality!! We the people demand to be heard!

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  • Johnelle
    12/06/2017
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    Net neutrality is essential.

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  • Terrance
    12/06/2017
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    Support net neutrality. Delay the vote and investigate the bots. Or better yet, drop the attempt to remove net neutrality.

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  • Christine
    12/05/2017
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    Delay the net neutrality vote. Bots are not people.

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  • NoHedges
    12/05/2017
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    Fake news, fake comments, it is all just a stalling strategy so they don't piss people off too much at once. Like slowly boiling a 🐸, us being the 🐸s. Letting the constituents THINK they are listening, when they aren't. If they were actually concerned about "fake comments" they would investigate other hugely contested proposals like the so-called tax reform or CHIP. But they aren't. They just don't want us to choke too much on all the crap 💩 they are shoving down our throats. Check to see how many of those 28 Senators are republicans, or Dems elitists, or simply up for re-election in 2018 and I would wager you will see the motivation behind their so-called concern. This is typical narcissism on both sides. With that said, please stall all you want on removing our 1st amendment rights, but it won't change my vote any come 2018. I am still praying you will be long gone, and planning on casting my vote according to the sum of your behavior, if you are still in office. I don't trust any of you, especially after what you have done to the children in this country. I want you gone, for good, preferably out of the country.

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  • Ryan
    12/06/2017
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    Block the FCCs attempts to hijack the will of the people. This board does not represent the public. No private citizen wants restricted content at a higher price. Ajit Pai has sold his credibility to the highest bidder - apparently ATT, Verizon and Comcast found out what that price is. BLOCK THIS VOTE, PLEASE! He literally today, 12/5, gave a speech to Verizon - this man is corrupt and shameless.

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  • Rob
    12/06/2017
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    It's sad that the FCC is now bought off by the wealthy. This is why in the end Capitalism is defective. You remember monopoly. What happens in the end of the game? Our country is in peril because of oligarchs.

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  • Susan
    12/06/2017
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    Protect net neutrality

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  • D
    12/06/2017
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    Boycott Verizon and any other ISP that doesn't support net neutrality hit them where it hurts

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