Report: Nearly 100% Unique FCC Comments Bucked for Net Neutrality

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According to a new  Standford University information, a majority of people who submitted their comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website are aware of the issues regarding net neutrality are very much eager to restore it.

When all filed identical and fabricated remarks with the FCC have been deleted last year, it was discovered that 99.7% of the public comments were about restoring net neutrality, which roughly totals to 800,000.

To distinguish and evaluate less than a hundred thousand unique comments, Singel and Jeff Kao utilized machine learning models. They found out that correspondents were strongly against nixing the FCC rules of the Obama-era administration and nationally and philosophically covered the state.

Stanford researcher Ryan Singel wrote in a blog post stating, “With the fog of fraud and spam lifted from the comment corpus, lawmakers and their staff, journalists, interested citizens and policymakers can use these reports to better understand what Americans actually said about the repeal of net neutrality protections and why 800,000 Americans went further than just signing a petition for a redress of grievances by actually putting their concerns in their own words.”

Also a media and strategy academic, his released report on Monday that figured out the distinctive comments submitted last year prior to the commission’s decision to repeal net neutrality. Out of the 22 million comments that were submitted, more than 21 million comments were fabricated, bots, or planned crusade.

The report showed that unique correspondents have a more fastidious perception of net neutrality law that what legislators may have anticipated. It also encompassed the consistent noting of the broadband’s reclassification as a common carrier in accordance with Title II of the Communications Act of 1996.

Ahead of the vote to dismantle the 2015 Open Internet Order last year, the federal agency unfolds an online form to gather comments from the masses. Bots submitted bogus comments under pseudo or impostor names, ripped off identities, and even names of deceased individuals. The incident resulted in collective filed complaints which also included the lawsuit filed by  23 state attorneys general. Although aware of the comment system failure, the agency did nothing to probe or absolutely review the comments. No action has been made despite the judge’s order to release records associated with the fraud comments to the mass.

The Stanford University report implies that net neutrality is likely to become a factor in the forthcoming midterm election next month. In California alone, Democrats who supported net neutrality have higher chances to get elected. The report found out that in the 45th District there are over 2,300 filed unique comments with a larger percentage of opposing net neutrality.

No doubt that the November election will decide who will win and who will lose just like what Internet Service Providers do. Broadband providers conclude who will reach or will not reach by the contents or who will go the fast or slow lanes. When the FCC repealed the Open Internet Order of 2015 of the Obama administration and replaced it with Restore Internet Freedom rule of the Trump administration, a majority of the population and business sectors are greatly affected. Following the implementation of the agency’s new rules about net neutrality regulations that took place in June of this year, reports of throttling have emerged including the latest about Verizon’s data throttling of the Santa Clara County Fire Department in time of emergency despite the ISPs’ promise not to block or throttle contents.

Net neutrality regulations have served as the protection of consumers against the ISP’s corrupt business practices. Without it, consumers and small businesses will be at the mercy of these cable, wireless, and broadband providers. An open internet is essential not only for business but also for a poor consumer.

To alleviate this problem, the Decenternet platform provides users with unrestricted access to the decentralized and centralized web without the worries of blocking and throttling. It empowers and protects free speech so that consumers can freely communicate online. 

Meanwhile, in New York, State Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood subpoenaed over a dozen telecom trade groups, Washington advocacy organizations, and lobbying services. She sent them on Tuesday attempting to distinguish if the groups filed millions of phony comments to clout a crucial federal certitude in regulating the internet.

AG Underwood probes the origin of over 22 million public comments filed to the FCC amid the fight over net neutrality regulations whether it should be repealed or restored. Millions of submitted comments used makeshift or copycat email addresses. Other comments showed reusing of same phrases.

According to the New York AG, the commission’s public comment system was stained by fictitious remarks. The rules shield New Yorkers from deceit and exploitation of their identities. She implied that her office will figure out what happened and those responsible for using stolen identities to falsify public opinion on net neutrality will be held accountable.

Likewise, she calls for records and broadcasting from a collection of nonprofits, experts, and sellers that her office has an association with the Center for Individual Freedom. The Free Press and Fight for the Future were also requested records from many pro-neutrality groups that include Free Press and Fight for the Future.

Trade groups and companies that received the subpoena include Century Strategies, MediaBridge, and Broadband for America.

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