As many as two million neutrality comments filed to the Federal Communications Commission were fake, according to a press release from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Wednesday.
Many of the comments submitted, according to the AG’s office, used fake identities, including ones of Americans, both alive and deceased. More than 5,000 people have filed reports with the AG’s office over their identities being misused.
AG Schneiderman attacked the FCC for rejecting his request that the agency’s vote on neutrality be delayed until more information on the comments was uncovered.
“As we’ve told the FCC: moving forward with this vote would make a mockery of our public comment process and reward those who perpetrated this fraud to advance their own hidden agenda,” Schneiderman told the FCC in a letter. “The FCC must postpone this vote and work with us to get to the bottom of what happened.”
Despite the AG’s pleas, the Republican-controlled FCC pledged to move ahead with the vote over the controversial internet deregulation effort.
“The vote will proceed as scheduled on December 14,” said an FCC spokesman earlier this month. “This is just evidence that supporters of heavy-handed Internet regulations are becoming more desperate by the day as their effort to defeat Chairman Pai’s plan to restore Internet freedom has stalled.”
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