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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Karl Bode, DSL Reports: The FCC is refusing to aid a law enforcement investigation into who submitted millions of fake comments in support of the FCC's planned rollback of net neutrality rules. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been conducting an investigation into the millions of fake comments (some belonging to dead people) submitted in support of the FCC's attack on net neutrality. In an open letter several weeks ago, Schneiderman's office said that despite 9 inquiries made during a six month period, the FCC refused to aid his office's inquiry in any capacity. On Monday of this week, Schneiderman's office issued a statement indicating that the FCC Inspector General's office might cooperate in the wake of public pressure. But on Thursday FCC general counsel Thomas Johnson sent a letter to Schneiderman refusing to hand over any data, server logs or API details that could help the investigation shine a light on the identity of the culprit(s).




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Critics have charged that the FCC failed to investigate or hinder bogus comments because the fraud undermined trust in the validity of the comment process, helping to downplay and discredit the massive genuine opposition to the FCC's plan. If the fake comments were the work of an ISP-tied think tank or policy organization (such activity is certainly historically within their wheelhouse), the industry-cozy FCC also likely has a vested interest in not aiding anybody trying to document such a connection.

The FCC similarly refused to do anything when I filed a formal complaint about the fact that someone used my name and the name of DSLReports.com to support killing the popular rules.

Needless to say, Schneiderman's office isn't particularly impressed.


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Corrupt Trump Administration.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-09 10:46 AM | Reply

Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According to This Koch-Backed Astroturf Group (2014)

...A mysterious conservative group with strong ties to the Koch brothers has been bombarding inboxes with emails filled with disinformation and fearmongering in an attempt to start a "grassroots" campaign to kill net neutrality -- at one point suggesting that "Marxists" think that preserving net neutrality is a good idea.

The emails, which come with subject lines like "Stop Obama's federal Internet takeover," come from American Commitment, an organization that is nonprofit in name only and has been called out time and time again by journalists and transparency organizations for obscuring where it gets its funding.

In an email I received, American Commitment president Phil Kerpen suggests that reclassifying the internet as a public utility is the "first step in the fight to destroy American capitalism altogether" and says that the FCC is plotting a "federal Internet takeover," a move that "sounds more like a story coming out of China or Russia."

The email, sent as an ad to people who have registered to read the Washington Times, asks readers to sign a petition asking FCC chairman Tom Wheeler to acknowledge that reclassifying the internet as a Title II utility is a "lawless Obama administration power grab."...

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-12-09 10:57 AM | Reply

How does one respond other than "purge, please?"

#3 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2017-12-09 11:44 AM | Reply

... The FCC is refusing to aid a law enforcement investigation ...

So much for the Trump administration being the Law & Order administration.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-12-09 01:00 PM | Reply

The FCC Still Doesn't Know How the Internet Works

...Earlier this year nearly 200 Internet engineers and computer scientists sent a letter to the FCC that explained facts about the structure, history, and evolving nature of the Internet. The reasons we laid out in that letter for writing it then still apply to the draft now:

Based on certain questions the FCC asks in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), we are concerned that the FCC (or at least Chairman Pai and the authors of the NPRM) appears to lack a fundamental understanding of what the Internet's technology promises to provide, how the Internet actually works, which entities in the Internet ecosystem provide which services, and what the similarities and differences are between the Internet and other telecommunications systems the FCC regulates as telecommunications services.

Unfortunately it looks like the FCC ignored the technical parts of that letter, because the FCC's latest plan to kill net neutrality is still riddled with technical errors and factual inaccuracies. Here are just a few.

The FCC Still Doesn't Understand That Using the Internet Means Having Your ISP Transmit Packets For You

The biggest misunderstanding the FCC still has is the incorrect belief that when your broadband provider sells you Internet access, they're not selling you a service by which you can transmit data to and from whatever points on the Internet you want. Citing a past order, the FCC demonstrates this misunderstanding by claiming that "[e]nd users do not expect to receive (or pay for) two distinct services -- both Internet access service and a distinct transmission service, for example." ...

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-12-09 03:10 PM | Reply

Welcome to China! Thanks Trump voters.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-10 08:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

While getting dressed this morning I saw a TV commercial for a cable company, in which the company's ability to deliver fast internet and a bunch of other services was touted. I thought to myself 'These commercials are good for a few more weeks, and then...'

#7 | Posted by catdog at 2017-12-11 12:00 PM | Reply

What amazes me is that there is a cyber war going on as we speak. Our President does nothing. The deconstruction of our government continued unabated. The FCC has no idea what it is doing or is being manipulated by the internet it wishes to cripple.

Meanwhile we fight amongst ourselves. Almost by design.

I smell vodka.

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-11 12:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

" Moreover, the FCC refuses to look into how nearly half a million comments came from Russian sources. "

Oh big surprise. Putin wants to de-democratize our internet. And repub puppets are obeying like lap dogs.

#9 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-11 01:29 PM | Reply

Leaked Video Shows FCC Chair Ajit Pai Roasting Himself With 'Jokes' About Being a Verizon Shill

...Conservatives aren't particularly known for their sense of humor, and Ajit Pai has proven in the past that he's profoundly terrible at telling a joke. On Thursday, he told one bomb after another at a gathering in Washington, DC. Comedy is timing, and Pai thought it was a great moment to get a laugh out of the fact that he's dismantling the internet at the behest of telecoms. ...

The video is a skit that opens to 50 Cent's "In Da Club" and takes place at "Verizon's DC Office" in 2003, where Pai worked as an attorney before joining the FCC a few years later. A random Verizon executive tells him: "As you know, the FCC is captured by the industry, but we think it's not captured enough, so we have a plan."

"What plan?" Pai asks.

"We want to brainwash and groom a Verizon puppet to install as FCC chairman," the executive says. "Think ‘Manchurian Candidate.'"

"That sounds awesome," Pai responds.

We'd love to say it's funny because it's true. But for some reason, we're having a hard time laughing....

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-12-11 05:43 PM | Reply

Ted Lieu‏ @tedlieu

Why were millions of fake comments sent to FCC, including half a million from Russian addresses? How do we know @AjitPaiFCC was not influenced by comments from a foreign power? FCC should not vote on net neutrality until an investigation is conducted into what happened.
6:27 AM - 12 Dec 2017

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-12 06:29 PM | Reply

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