Republican Hackers Post Over 58,000 Fake Comments Encouraging FCC To Kill Net Neutrality
In a blatant attempt to create a false impression that the American people don’t want an open internet, Republican operatives are using an internet bot to send tens of thousands of fake comments to the Federal Communications Commission opposing net neutrality rules.
According to ZDNet, the bot is filing comments with the names of real people. But many of those people said they did not file those comments on the FCC site.
The purported bot may have filed over 58,000 identical comments against net neutrality, encouraging the FCC to follow through on Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to roll back the open internet rules.
The fake comment reads:
“The unprecedented regulatory power the Obama Administration imposed on the internet is smothering innovation, damaging the American economy and obstructing job creation. I urge the Federal Communications Commission to end the bureaucratic regulatory overreach of the internet known as Title II and restore the bipartisan light-touch regulatory consensus that enabled the internet to flourish for more than 20 years.”
Net Neutrality rules require internet service providers to treat all web traffic the same. Pai’s plan would hand over regulatory oversight over broadband providers to the Federal Trade Commission and allow companies to voluntarily enact net neutrality principles.
Democrats, as ell as Public interest groups and smaller tech firms are fighting to save the rules, saying they are necessary to maintain a level playing field on the internet, and protect consumer interests.
But Pai’s proposal has been lauded by Republicans in Congress and telecommunications companies who have complained about the net neutrality rules since they were approved in 2015.