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posted by mrpg on Thursday December 06 2018, @08:41AM   Printer-friendly
from the russia-is-good-russia-is-love-russia-dont-interfere dept.

Federal Communications Chairman (FCC) Ajit Pai said it was a “fact” that there was Russian interference in the public comments ahead of its controversial net neutrality vote last year, amid sparring between another commissioner about a lawsuit the agency is in the midst of.

The admittance was made in response to a lawsuit filed by the New York Times, who requested access to records surrounding the public comments that they argued would “shed light to the extent to which Russian nationals and agents of the Russian government have interfered with the agency notice-and-comment process about a topic of extensive public interest.”

The public comments left ahead of the FCC’s net neutrality vote have been at the center of much scrutiny—with millions of fraudulent comments (including the names of dead people and current members of Congress) being used.

One recent study recently found that of the real comments, nearly 100 percent were made in favor of the FCC keeping the existing net neutrality rules.

https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/net-neutrality-comments-lawsuit/


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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 06 2018, @11:59AM (10 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 06 2018, @11:59AM (#770606)

    Is this just a convenient scapegoat for the US people are willing to buy, or does Russia think it'll benefit economically/politically if it destabilizes them enough? Maybe that made sense back when, but nowadays? It seems that taking out a huge potential trading partner is a bad idea unless they're directly competing with one to such an extent that it's worth crippling them as a trading partner.

    What's the narrative for /why/ Russia's trying to destabilize the US?

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 06 2018, @01:22PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 06 2018, @01:22PM (#770618)

    What's the narrative for /why/ Russia's trying to destabilize the US?

    It's so damn easy, it would almost be a crime not to do it. :)

  • (Score: 4, Funny) by SpockLogic on Thursday December 06 2018, @01:45PM

    by SpockLogic (2762) on Thursday December 06 2018, @01:45PM (#770625)

    Is this just a convenient scapegoat for the US people are willing to buy, or does Russia think it'll benefit economically/politically if it destabilizes them enough? Maybe that made sense back when, but nowadays? It seems that taking out a huge potential trading partner is a bad idea unless they're directly competing with one to such an extent that it's worth crippling them as a trading partner.

    What's the narrative for /why/ Russia's trying to destabilize the US?

    Vlad, is that you?

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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 06 2018, @01:45PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 06 2018, @01:45PM (#770626)

    Dictators and the like often need an external evil to pass blame on to so that he looks strong to his own subjects. Putin's picking on the biggest out there to maximize that effect. China would be a better trade partner to him than the US anyway, much like China is a better trade partner for the US than Russia.

    Short answer: The show of power is why he's trying to destabilize the US.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 06 2018, @03:52PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 06 2018, @03:52PM (#770697)

    Same as it alway is. The people are getting restless, so the state tries to start a war to keep them busy. Easier to incite fratricide by proxy, than to answer for their corruption.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Thursday December 06 2018, @10:59PM (3 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 06 2018, @10:59PM (#770919) Homepage Journal

    I vote convenient scapegoat. The alternative seems to be that virtually all Americans are blind, impotent, stupid, and asleep at the wheel, while all Russians are sauve, debonair manipulators. In short, we have a picture painted of Russians who are superior creatures to the best that America can breed. And, of course, that fits the progressive narrative.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 07 2018, @06:33AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 07 2018, @06:33AM (#771051)

      Ignoring all evidence, like your ilk are prone to. Pretty sad.

      • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Friday December 07 2018, @03:00PM

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Friday December 07 2018, @03:00PM (#771158) Homepage Journal

        No, I don't have any ilk. I've always wanted one, but never could afford it.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 07 2018, @04:43PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 07 2018, @04:43PM (#771189)

      I can't conceive that the progressives think of themselves like that. The flyover state deplorables however...

  • (Score: 2) by urza9814 on Friday December 07 2018, @12:49PM

    by urza9814 (3954) on Friday December 07 2018, @12:49PM (#771121) Journal

    Well, the various US-based megacorps had to pick *some* offshore country to shield them from prosecution...why NOT Russia? I'm sure they got some good incentives for all that "investment"...

  • (Score: 2) by Nobuddy on Friday December 07 2018, @08:13PM

    by Nobuddy (1626) on Friday December 07 2018, @08:13PM (#771288)

    It is a simple cop-out. He was paid, and paid well by Verizon to throw neutrality out. he did. Doing so was illegal as hell, so he can't admit that. But there was clearly outside interference, so he will tack it on to the proven player in US politics- Russia. hell, he may have hired one of the russian propaganda shops himself, and thus have proof that it was 'them'.