Internet Providers Funded Campaign Yielding Millions of Fake Net Neutrality Comments, New York State Says
Companies hired by ISPs used consumers' identities without permission
A report issued Thursday morning by New York’s attorney general says that some of the country’s biggest internet service providers helped fund a secret campaign that flooded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with millions of fake comments supporting the repeal of net neutrality protections.
All told, fake comments accounted for nearly 18 million of the more than 22 million comments the FCC received during its 2017 rulemaking, the report says. Those comments were often cited as a reason the FCC voted in 2017 to eliminate net neutrality rules, which the agency had put in place during the Obama administration.