Senators Seek Delay on Net Neutrality Vote

Senators Seek Delay on Net Neutrality Vote

Senators Seek Delay on Net Neutrality Vote

In vast swaths of the country, internet service is only available from a single provider; is it micromanaging to simply ensure that a provider can't choose which web content users can and cannot access?

"At today's news conference, they didn't identify a single comment relied upon in the draft order as being questionable".

"The FCC is on course to eliminate net neutrality guided by a record corrupted by hundreds of thousands of filings with stolen identities", Rosenworcel said.

The fight over fake comments is a new front in a almost year-long long tussle over whether a rollback of landmark Internet regulations will hurt or help consumers.

He also called on the FCC to delay a planned December 14 vote on chairman Ajit Pai's proposal to roll back numerous existing rules, which now ban internet providers from blocking or throttling traffic, or from selling "fast lanes" so content providers can reach consumers more quickly. Over 23 million comments were submitted to the FCC, but allegations of fraud and fake comments have destroyed the integrity of that process, enabling the FCC to ignore public feedback. But groups on both sides started to notice many were fakes.

Thune, Chairman of the Commerce Committee which over sees the FCC, says Congress needs a more active role in managing the internet....

A number of studies have found that numerous comments may have been submitted by bots in an effort to influence the public record.

The FCC, composed of three Republicans and two Democrats, is widely expected to kill net neutrality in favor of what Pai and the Republicans call "light-touch regulation".

Schneiderman said there are anecdotal reports of comments coming from dead people, children, fictional characters and Russian email addresses as well as from people whose names were used without their permission.

Schneiderman said his office is seeking FCC logs to show the origin of the comments. "It is incumbent on the FCC and all of my colleagues to stand back, figure out what's happening with this record before us, and get to the bottom of these stolen identities".

The Senators who also voiced their hopes for a delay-all Democrats except for but Independents Angus King of ME and Bernie Sanders of Vermont - made their case in a letter sent to Chairman Pai.

Since Pai revealed his plan to gut net neutrality rules just before Thanksgiving, public outrage has continued to grow-even as corporate media outlets have neglected to cover it.

Pai himself has been openly critical of what he believes are burdensome regulations and an overreach of the FCC's power.

Now more than a couple dozen senators are asking FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to delay the vote in the wake of questions about the 21 million-plus comments about net neutrality submitted to the agency during the public comment period. "This is a big step but given the FCC's conduct over the past eight months we remain skeptical", Schneiderman said.

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