Fake net neutrality comments might have been filed under your name
Fake comments might have been submitted under your name to the Federal Communications Commission as it weighed whether to undo net-neutrality rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet.
You can search for your name at this site , set up by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
The FCC voted 3-2 last week to undo the rules, created under former President Obama.
A Pew Research Center analysis found that, among 21.7 million comments posted, just 6 percent were unique. The rest were submitted multiple times, sometimes hundreds of thousands of times, according to Pew. The comment period lasted about eight months, ending in September.
Shapiro, a Democrat, has said he plans to take legal action over the FCC’s change, saying it “undermines free speech and is bad for consumers and business.” Shapiro is part of a group of 18 state attorneys general who raised concerns with the FCC over the fake comments before a Thursday vote.
Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said at a July FCC meeting that the raw number of comments wasn’t as important as the substance of issues raised, according to the Associated Press.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, has said he will lead a multistate lawsuit to stop the FCC’s rollback of the rules.
Wes Venteicher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-380-5676, [email protected] or via Twitter @wesventeicher.