Net Neutrality public comment process corrupted — Schneiderman to FCC

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) head Ajit Pai argued on Wednesday against critics who said the White House's move to reverse the Obama administration's net neutrality rules would spell the demise of the web. Yet the process the FCC has employed to consider potentially sweeping alterations to current net neutrality rules has been corrupted by the fraudulent use of Americans' identities and the FCC has been unwilling to assist my office in our efforts to investigate this unlawful activity. Internet service providers became treated as public utilities and were forbidden from blocking or slowing rivals' content. The rules also applied open-internet protections to wireless services for tablets and smartphones.

Those same Americans may now risk the possibility of their internet access being left to the whims of giant cable and telecom companies, many of whom now charge them copious amounts of money for the services they provide with questionable performance and often in environments where there is little to no option in terms of choosing a competitor who will do a better job for less money. His proposal would end net neutrality and give big Internet providers like NASDAQ-traded Comcast and the NYSE-traded Verizon broad powers to determine what website should reach out to subscribers faster than others.

The FCC is expected to vote on repealing Net Neutrality on Dec. 14.

Pew said its analysis of the submissions "present challenges to anyone hoping to understand the attitudes of the concerned public regarding net neutrality".

"When the Center analyzed the comments submitted during the 2014 net neutrality debate, about 450,000 comments were submitted to the FCC", Aaron Smith, associate director of research at Pew Research Center, said.

Schneiderman, in his letter to the FCC, said he was "investigating who perpetrated a massive scheme to corrupt the FCC's notice and comment process through the misuse of enormous numbers of real New Yorkers' and other Americans' identities". "The company has a viewpoint and uses that viewpoint to discriminate", he was quoted as saying.

If net neutrality does get repealed, we as students should put an onus on the university to do what it can to lessen the blow of the corporate regulation.

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Successfully investigating this sort of illegal conduct requires the participation of the agency whose system was attacked. However, ISPs already have a history of violations before they were regulated. With three Republican and two Democratic commissioners, the FCC is all but certain to approve the repeal.

"There's something not right in the @FCC record", FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, said in a Nov. 22 tweet that cited "bots, bogus comments, stolen names".

From New York University: "NYU seeks to...ensure a wide range of perspectives, including international perspectives, in the educational experience". "Our news organization streams government meetings and public events, giving people greater access to government".

Local independent online news sites are springing up all over the country to fill gaps in local journalism, but they rely on an Internet based on a level playing field for all publishers and readers, regardless of size or resources.

"And unfortunately, Twitter is not an outlier", Pai continued.

The concern is that without net neutrality regulations, service providers would be able to favour specific websites or businesses by "throttling" speeds to certain domains they wish customers to avoid, or even forcing customers to pay extra to access their favourite services. Student post-graduation options would be limited which again is counter to universities' goals to cultivate citizens who can contribute meaningfully to society.

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