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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

FCC denies NYT appeal, says producing requested records is too hard. The Federal Communications Commission has once again refused a New York Times request for records that the Times believes might shed light on Russian interference in the net neutrality repeal proceeding. The Times made a Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) request in June 2017 for FCC server logs and sued the FCC in September of this year over the agency's ongoing refusal to release the records. The court case is still pending, but the Times had also appealed directly to the FCC to reverse its FoIA decision. The FCC denied that appeal in a decision released today.


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The FCC gave several reasons for not making public the server log of the public comments, including that the release would invade the privacy of the people who left public comments: "Having concluded that there exists both a substantial private interest in preserving the confidentiality of the IP addresses and a public interest in understanding the operation of the comment process, we must balance these two competing interests against one another. In doing so, we conclude that the privacy interest considerably outweighs the public interest and that disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy."


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OMG, what a hoot...

Chairman Pai says that to satisfy the request would require the creation of records that do not exist?

Wow, just friggin' wow.

Of course those records do not exist, they are the output records from the FOIA database request.

That lame deflection really tells me that Chairman Pai is hiding something. And what he is hiding is not good.

The question now becomes less about the net neutrality logs but more of - what is Chairman Pai hiding, and why?

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-12-04 12:17 AM | Reply

what is Chairman Pai hiding, and why?


His connections with the industry and how much money he hopes to make from them.

#2 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-12-04 01:44 PM | Reply

its like a regular fishbowl up in here

it's refreshing Trumps "Transparency" after the imaginary and secretive "tyranny" of OBAMACLINTON


Jeff "I am so full of revisionary hogwash" j

#3 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-12-04 01:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


I hope the walls in your apartment are padded.

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-12-04 02:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The FCC has the ability to retrieve FOIA requested data by filtering and redacting sensitive areas. Personalization data and IP addresses would vanish from the dump.
If I were the NYT I would contact a senator that has agency oversight of the FCC. This way, someone could pry the carpet up while the other clicks on a light.

#5 | Posted by LesWit at 2018-12-04 02:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Personalization data and IP addresses would vanish from the dump.

My understanding is that the NYT is seeking the server logs for the precise purpose of obtaining IP addresses and confirming their suspicion that Russians interfered in the public comment process. I could be wrong, though.

#6 | Posted by JOE at 2018-12-04 02:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I hope the walls in your apartment are padded.

He's not wrong.

You constantly imagine crazy tyranny that you can't really pin to any specific event with facts or certainty.

"Obama was worse...I just can't point out how."
"Remember how bad Clinton was...I just list any reasons why."

This is your mantra.

#7 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-12-04 02:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

He belongs in a straight jacket.

Now, you are erecting staw men as well?

What is with the normally intelligent people on this site today?

#8 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-12-04 02:46 PM | Reply

#7 I think his point is this stuff happens, I mean there are still 30,000 emails missing. You remember that, when you said, "that stuff happens, let it go."

#9 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-12-04 02:49 PM | Reply

"Now, you are erecting staw men as well?"

He is but remembering yours.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-12-04 02:53 PM | Reply

"#7 I think his point is this stuff happens"

It certainly happened.

Don't you think it's important to know if the FCC orchestrated fraud?

And even more important to know if Uncle Sam worked together with Uncle Joe to orchestrate fraud?

What's Russian for Party of Small Government?

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-12-04 02:56 PM | Reply

#7 I think his point is this stuff happens, I mean there are still 30,000 emails missing.
#9 | Posted by fishpaw

Maybe there are, maybe there aren't. The problem is, the sources that say there are 30k missing emails are the same sources that said hillary ran a child molestation ring in a pizza parlor basement - Sources with zero journalistic credibility, but that doesn't stop you from believing them does it?

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-12-04 05:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#12 nor does it stop them from demanding respect for their ridiculous views.

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2018-12-04 07:11 PM | Reply

What is being hidden is who exactly falsified all those posts that were for eliminating net neutrality. I know a few people who are VERY pro net neutrality that had their names posted with anti-neutrality comments. Remember everyone - there was a scandal here about all that. The logs may provide a path to who was responsible. Was it an inside job? Can you imagine the cojones? Or should I say Aḍakōśa?

#14 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-12-04 07:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

billionaire man says we shouldn't see
how a billionaire man lacks integrity
he wants free access to go away
another scam to make you pay
Brahman wants an internet caste
got to pay more
or you be last

#15 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2018-12-04 08:24 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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