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posted by Fnord666 on Tuesday December 11 2018, @08:45PM   Printer-friendly
from the shining-a-light dept.

Report: FBI opens criminal investigation into net neutrality comment fraud

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the use of stolen identities in public comments on the government's repeal of net neutrality rules, BuzzFeed News reported Saturday.

The investigation focuses on "whether crimes were committed when potentially millions of people's identities were posted to the FCC's website without their permission, falsely attributing to them opinions about net neutrality rules," the report said.

"Two organizations told BuzzFeed News, each on condition that they not be named, that the FBI delivered subpoenas to them related to the comments," BuzzFeed wrote.

The FBI subpoenas came a few days after similar subpoenas sent by NY AG Barbara Underwood in mid-October. Underwood "subpoenaed more than a dozen telecommunications trade groups, lobbying contractors, and Washington advocacy organizations," The New York Times reported in October.

Previously: John Oliver Leads Net Neutrality Defenders to Crash FCC Website. Again.
Bot Floods the FCC's Website with Anti-Net Neutrality Comments
FCC Officially Publishes Net Neutrality Repeal
U.S. Officially Repeals Net Neutrality Rules; FOIA Request Reveals Details of Bogus DDoS Attack
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Passes Blame Over Lying About Public Comment System Being DDoSed
99.7 Percent of Unique FCC Comments Favored Net Neutrality
Ajit Pai Admits Russia Interfered in Net Neutrality Process amid Lawsuit


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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Thexalon on Tuesday December 11 2018, @09:28PM (2 children)

    by Thexalon (636) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday December 11 2018, @09:28PM (#773096)

    Unfortunately, what's at least as likely is that there will be a "thorough" investigation that concludes that they can't figure out who was responsible. Ajit Pai made the decision he wanted to make, and the main reason we know this is that his job before running the FCC was lobbying for telecoms to try to convince the FCC to repeal their net neutrality rules. The "public" comments, such as they were, were to give him a political excuse to do it, not to actually influence anybody in power.

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by bob_super on Tuesday December 11 2018, @10:13PM (1 child)

    by bob_super (1357) on Tuesday December 11 2018, @10:13PM (#773131)

    I have yet to see a Pai decision that is negative for Verizon.
    Some decision may be Verizon-neutral (if not involved at all), but most can be directly traced to a benefit for Verizon.

    Trump must really admire his loyalty to his masters. Maybe he'll get the Chief of Staff job.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 11 2018, @11:22PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 11 2018, @11:22PM (#773172)

      Why would Trump want someone loyal to Verizon as his chief of staff?

      Or are you assuming his loyalties will change with the job change this time?