Fromer Congressman from Georgia, Bob Barr, takes a critical look at the environment that swirled around the FCC and the fight for and against the Net Neutrality rules. Unbeknownst to most, there was a massive effort to swamp the FCC public comment period. There were millions of inputs both Pro and Con that were obviously fraudulent. How did this affect the FCC’s deliberations? What are the legal ramifications? What doe the Department of Justice needs to do about these violations of Federal law? Here is what Mr. Barr has to say about that.
As Written By Bob Barr for Townhall:
If one was expecting to have a reasoned, adult debate over “Net Neutrality” in the lead-up to the Federal Communications Commission’s vote last week to roll-back the Obama-era regulations, they were surely disappointed. Rather than a logical look at the current state of how the internet works today (much of the anti-FCC rhetoric was not based in such a reality), or even a practical discussion about how the internet has evolved freely and robustly absent of such regulations, most of the “discussion” was a digital shouting match of partisan and anti-capitalism rhetoric. That, and a massive amount of fraud.
As I wrote earlier this month, hundreds of thousands of comments were submitted to the FCC in spikes during the public comment period about its proposal to eliminate the 2015 “Open Internet Order”; and, upon further investigation, were found to have been written not by humans, but by artificial intelligence programs using “natural language generators.” Wired.com reports that “over a third of the nearly 22 million comments that poured into the [FCC] . . . included one of seven identical messages,” and “more than half were associated with duplicate or temporary emails.” Additionally, the New York Attorney General is also investigating reports that as many as two-million fraudulent submissions used the names and addresses of real people, both living and dead, from multiple states in a scheme to sway the FCC’s ………
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