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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: 4, Insightful) by stretch611 on Tuesday December 11 2018, @09:49PM (2 children)

    by stretch611 (6199) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday December 11 2018, @09:49PM (#773113)

    Even if they show that various cable-friendly trade groups and organizations illegally submitted thousands of anti-net neutrality comments,

    I do not see this changing anything.

    Trump, Ajit Pai, and their allies got the result they wanted, and I do not see them admitting anything being wrong. They sure as hell will not repeal their own dumping of Net Neutrality.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by DeathMonkey on Tuesday December 11 2018, @10:23PM

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Tuesday December 11 2018, @10:23PM (#773135) Journal

    I do not see this changing anything.

    It's not going to reverse the FCC decision. Democrats are going to need to fix that.

    What is will do is hold the people who committed identity theft and defrauded the regulatory process responsible for their crimes. That's a good thing by itself.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by JoeMerchant on Tuesday December 11 2018, @10:41PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Tuesday December 11 2018, @10:41PM (#773149)

    I do not see this changing anything.

    Laws, acts, and all manner of created rules can be reversed. If they find that the comments were "trumped up," it should at least trigger a revisitation of the process and a possibility of reversing the outcome. The timing to make something like that happen is the key. As far as I can read public opinion, the longer this drags out the more likely it will get reversed.

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