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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: 1, Disagree) by fustakrakich on Tuesday December 11 2018, @09:33PM (4 children)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Tuesday December 11 2018, @09:33PM (#773102) Journal

    Gee, I wonder why they didn't elect a congress to do it... Stop listening to media polls. They are garbage.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 11 2018, @09:45PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 11 2018, @09:45PM (#773110)

    You promise to be online every time I have a question? It is clear that only you are capable of divining Universal Truth.

    • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Tuesday December 11 2018, @10:09PM

      by fustakrakich (6150) on Tuesday December 11 2018, @10:09PM (#773129) Journal

      You promise to be online every time I have a question?

      Nope. You're on your own, kid...

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  • (Score: 2) by Thexalon on Thursday December 13 2018, @03:21PM (1 child)

    by Thexalon (636) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 13 2018, @03:21PM (#773978)

    Gee, I wonder why they didn't elect a congress to do it...

    Because there was no way to vote for such a Congress. All Republicans and a substantial percentage of Democrats support the ability of telecoms to do pretty much whatever they want, and all non-Demoblicans/Republicrats are too powerless to gain control of Congress. The Democrats that are supportive of net neutrality are mostly the ones who get more of their money from Google and Facebook rather than Comcast and AT&T.

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    • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Thursday December 13 2018, @09:19PM

      by fustakrakich (6150) on Thursday December 13 2018, @09:19PM (#774145) Journal

      Well, that only means people shouldn't vote for republicans and democrats. Gotta work on the source of the problem, not its symptoms.

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