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DoJ Investigating Fraudulent Net Neutrality Comments

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Dec 12, 2018, 8:35 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

An investigation seeks to find the truth concerning millions of fake comments submitted to the FCC in 2017 as the agency sought the opinion's public on net neutrality. The Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation of the matter at the request of those whose names were used without permission. A subpoena from the DoJ "seeks all communications with the organization about comments it filed with the FCC regarding revision of Obama-era 'net neutrality' rules," reports the Wall Street Journal. The FCC was flooded with millions of comments during the open comment period. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai conceded earlier this year that as many as 500,000 comments filed with the FCC were linked to Russia. A separate study suggests that almost half of the 22 million comments were illegitimate. Many others repeated the same message in favor of repealing the laws. As little as 17% of the comments appear to be legitimate. The FBI is seeking documents from at least two organizations to ascertain if identity theft was involved.

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