According to Schneiderman, the net neutrality feedback process generated more than 23 million total comments, marking an unprecedented level of participation.
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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.
Citing the findings of Schneiderman's office and other researchers, the senators wrote, "These reports raise serious concerns as to whether the record the FCC is now relying on has been tampered with and merits the full attention of, and investigation by, the FCC before votes on this item are cast".
Schneiderman says the FCC had been unwilling to help investigate who is behind the misused identities but reversed course on Monday saying they would help. Specifically, the groups propose the FCC delay the vote until a pending court case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - the en banc review in Federal Trade Commission v. AT&T Mobility - resolves.
Schneiderman, a Democrat who has been a longtime nemesis of Republican President Donald Trump, said his office first contacted the FCC in June for records "related to its public comment system that were necessary to investigate which bad actor or actors were behind the misconduct", he said in his open letter to Pai.
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Schneiderman and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel urged the agency's chair, Ajit Pai, to fully cooperate with the state's investigation of more than one million comments that were made nationwide during the public discussion.
To this end, 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. Now he is FCC chairman and wants to roll back the net neutrality rules that were adopted two years ago.
"The integrity of the public record is at stake", she said.
Pai said the FCC will vote on December 14 to repeal the 2015 regulations it put in place that require internet Service Providers, or ISPs, to offer equal access to all users. Schneiderman said it's a more "mixed bag" now.
Since the open letter was published late last month, roughly 3,000 people from across the country have reached out to Schneiderman's office, including 350 New Yorkers, claiming that their names were used to submit comments without their knowledge, Schneiderman said.
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 USA senators have asked that the vote be postponed due to the allegations of fraud dismissed by Chairman Pai.
"It is clear that our process for serving the public interest is broken and I do not believe that the agency should move forward until a credible investigation is completed".