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NY AG wants net neutrality vote delayed to investigate fake comments submitted to FCC


New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) on Monday called for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to hold off on its vote to repeal net neutrality pending an investigation into alleged fake comments in the agency’s public record on the 2015 regulations.

Appearing in a press conference alongside Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, Schneiderman said that his office had found about 1 million comments in the FCC’s net neutrality docket that may have been submitted using stolen identities. Schneiderman said that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, has so far rebuffed his requests for assistance in the probe.

“I’m asking Chairman Pai to join us in our effort to investigate millions of fake comments and massive identity theft perpetrated against Americans,” he said.

The prosecutor added that he has contacted the FCC nine times about the investigation before finally receiving an offer of assistance from the agency’s inspector general’s office that morning.

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