Although Schneiderman said he has received more than 3,200 complaints, including 350 in NY, from those who say comments were made in their or a relative's name without their consent, the FCC is refusing to provide any records or data to help with the investigation. It will now assist the New York Attorney General's office in looking into all of the fake anti-net neutrality comments submitted via the FCC site.
Schneiderman says tens of thousands of people across the country may have had their names attached to the fake submissions. "That includes as many as 50,000 people here in NY", he said.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Monday called for the FCC to delay its net neutrality vote after the AG office found fake comments on public record debating the 2015 law, done so through identity theft.
A separate study from the Pew Research Center indicated that among the record public comments about net neutrality filed with the FCC over a four-month period, only 6% were unique comments.
Jessica Rosenworcel, one of two Democratic commissioners now on the FCC, also called for the vote to be delayed pending a full investigation. "The FCC chairman and his staff have responded by stonewalling". By Monday, Schneiderman said, they had received more than 3,000 responses - including, he said, from a man who said his deceased mother's name had been used. The same language was also used in other comments submitted to the FCC under other people's names. The AG said a man in Albany even reported that his dead mother made a comment. Pai, who was appointed by Trump to lead the FCC, has argued that "these heavy-handed regulations" restrict internet service providers and make it harder for providers to build out their networks, he said in a statement last month. The order effectively abdicates the commission's authority to regulate internet service providers (ISPs), such as Comcast and Verizon in the US.
We are deeply concerned by your recently released proposal to roll back critical consumer protections by dismantling the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) current net neutrality rules.
As Republicans now hold a majority of the FCC's five seats, the order to repeal the net neutrality rules is expected to pass. Twenty-eight U.S. senators have asked that the vote be postponed due to the allegations of fraud dismissed by Chairman Pai.
The FCC did not immediately reply when asked why it made a decision to cooperate with the investigation or whether it would delay the vote.
"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 future of the Internet is at stake.