In 2017, the Broadband Industry funded “fake grassroots support” to end Net Neutrality


Trump’s tame FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai

The largest Internet providers in the US funded a campaign that generated “8.5 million fake comments” to the Federal Communications Commission as part of the ISPs’ fight against net neutrality rules during the Trump administration, according to a report issued…by New York State Attorney General Letitia James.

Nearly 18 million out of 22 million comments were fabricated, including both pro- and anti-net neutrality submissions, the report said. One 19-year-old submitted 7.7 million pro-net neutrality comments under fake, randomly generated names. But the astroturfing effort funded by the broadband industry stood out because it used real people’s names without their consent, with third-party firms hired by the industry faking consent records

It was clear before Pai completed the repeal in December 2017 that millions of people—including dead people—were impersonated in net neutrality comments. Even industry-funded research found that 98.5 percent of genuine comments opposed Pai’s deregulatory plan. But [the] report reveals more details about how many comments were fake and how the broadband industry was involved.

“The broadband industry could not, in fact, rely on grassroots support for its campaign because the public overwhelmingly supported robust net neutrality rules,” the report noted. “So the broadband industry tried to manufacture support for repeal by hiring companies to generate comments for a fee.”

This article from arstechnica is damned good at presenting the case against corrupt companies, corrupt politicians and those who aided their cover-up. Want ALL the details? Go to the report filed by the NY State AG, Letitia James.

3 thoughts on “In 2017, the Broadband Industry funded “fake grassroots support” to end Net Neutrality

  1. RaPaR says:

    this needs to be UNDONE and NN reinstated! Ajit Pai needs to be prosecuted for lying to the government, just like everyone else in the country.

  2. Mike says:

    To try to capture the scale of the U.S.’s broadband challenge, the White House released state-by-state fact sheets examining the status of each state’s infrastructure. For broadband, the fact sheets look at what percentage of residents have access to 100/10 Mbps broadband service, how many providers compete to provide 100/10 service, and how many people remain unconnected. https://www.benton.org/blog/does-your-state-need-more-broadband

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