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posted by chromas on Wednesday October 17 2018, @07:47PM   Printer-friendly

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After removing all duplicate and fake comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission last year, a Stanford researcher has found that 99.7 percent[pdf] of public comments—about 800,000 in all—were pro-net neutrality.

"With the fog of fraud and spam lifted from the comment corpus, lawmakers and their staff, journalists, interested citizens and policymakers can use these reports to better understand what Americans actually said about the repeal of net neutrality protections and why 800,000 Americans went further than just signing a petition for a redress of grievances by actually putting their concerns in their own words," Ryan Singel, a media and strategy fellow at Stanford University, wrote in a blog post Monday.


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Thursday October 18 2018, @01:32AM (2 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday October 18 2018, @01:32AM (#750259) Journal

    You err. The FCC is obligated to do what ~500 officials in Washington tell it to do. And, in turn, those ~500 are obligated to do what the ~150,000 vote-eligible citizens tell them to do. There are procedures in place that allow those voters to make life miserable for officials and agencies that do not conform to their demands.

    Unfortunately, far too many voters fail to understand their power, or how to use it.

    Term limits would be good. Simply voting professional politicians out would be good. Getting third parties in office would be good. Simply taking life seriously would be good. Alas, the average voter is irresponsible, so our government is equally irresponsible, and never held responsible.

    Ajit Pai should be shitcanned, based on the results of this study. No other justification is needed.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Mykl on Thursday October 18 2018, @04:51AM (1 child)

    by Mykl (1112) on Thursday October 18 2018, @04:51AM (#750332)

    PREFERENTIAL VOTING. Solves so many two-party problems. You can vote for a third party, and not throw away your vote!

    I think that this one simple tricktm would greatly help US politics. It's not a panacea, but at least it helps to reduce the situation where you vote Kodos only because Kang is worse.

    • (Score: 4, Informative) by stretch611 on Thursday October 18 2018, @06:21AM

      by stretch611 (6199) on Thursday October 18 2018, @06:21AM (#750341)

      It would help the public...

      It would not help those in power stay in power.

      Sadly, it is the latter that write the laws.

      Now with 5 covid vaccine shots/boosters altering my DNA :P