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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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  • Ruth
    12/05/2017
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    Net neutrality makes it possible for all to use the Internet as a free and open resource. Educators like me use the Internet on a daily basis. We do not need ISP interference in how that happens either in the classroom or at home when prepping lessons. Keep the Internet an open and equal for all resource.

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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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  • Ticktock
    12/05/2017
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    This Administration and Republicans have when without public support have generated evidence that will justify their choice. Is this stuffing ballots, Yes. Is this dishonest, Yes. Does it matter, yes because the US voting public is sitting back and allowing the soul of our country to be destroyed. There should be no changes to net neutrality but there will be because those in power want it but not because those they supposedly serve support it. The American people have lost control of our government. Remember that in in 2018 and 2020. Let’s take our Government back.

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  • Sue
    12/05/2017
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    Don’t let Pai get away with this. Delay the hearing/vote and clear up the mess beforehand unlike what you did with the tax cut proposal.

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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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  • Tommy
    12/05/2017
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    I support net neutrality, my comment was not a fake email, I really want to keep net neutrality. Me and everyone I talk to about it wants it to remain as it is. This is not fake news or a fake comment.

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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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  • Christian
    12/05/2017
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    Support net neutrality! Without net neutrality we open ourselves up to the possibility of a fundamentally different internet. Look at Portugal now as an example of how poorly removing net neutrality works out. The internet is just, if not more so, important as any other utility such as clean water or electricity.

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  • Susan
    12/06/2017
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    Protect net neutrality

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  • Nathan
    12/05/2017
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    Delay the Net Neutrality vote!!!

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

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