While the notion of net neutrality has been in the public consciousness since 2014 at least, thanks in part to comedian/commentator John Oliver, Tuesday's announcement left many wondering just what the FCC does and how its new rules might affect their lives.
Schneiderman said that his office's investigation is not about net neutrality, but is instead about "the right to control one's own identity and prevent the corruption of a process created to solicit the opinion of real people and institutions".
In May 2017, researchers and reporters discovered that the FCC's public comment process was being corrupted by the submission of enormous numbers of fake comments concerning the possible repeal of net neutrality rules.
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The new investigation centers on an alleged incident, or possibly incidents, in Lambeth dating back to 2005. The Old Vic apologised "for not creating an environment or culture where people felt able to speak freely".
But, that leverage is now being challenged along with net neutrality rules. Schneiderman said his office has reached out to the FCC to aid in the investigation, but has been ignored. "In doing so, the perpetrator or perpetrators attacked what is supposed to be an open public process by attempting to drown out and negate the views of the real people, businesses, and others who honestly commented on this important issue", he said, noting that many misused real names and addresses. That's akin to identity theft, and it happened on a massive scale.
But others fake comments use the stolen identities of real New Yorkers, according to Schneiderman.
"Analysis showed that, in all, hundreds of thousands of Americans likely were victimized in the same way, including tens of thousands per state in California, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and possibly others", Schneiderman wrote. New Yorkers, I call on you to not be silent.
Basically, the current antitrust law is the answer for FCC.
He could not immediately say whether that operation was based in the U.S. or elsewhere, but called Schneiderman's investigation a witch hunt.
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He urged people to get their affairs in order and apply for any other immigration status for which they may be eligible. The Department of Homeland Security had considered ending TPS for Haitians in May.
We contacted Pai's office about Schneiderman's allegations today and will update this story if we get a response. Critics have alleged that Pai is acting more as "an ally to broadcasters" than a steward of the FCC.
Pai said it is necessary to repeal the net neutrality rules due to their effect on broadband investment. "As we look at where net neutrality might have an impact, or removing net neutrality might have an impact, we worry that it would be the sort of service that might get slowed down".
A FoIA request from Ars was denied by the FCC due to "an ongoing investigation". "So this time around we are going to make it public".
In brief, removal of Net Neutrality only favour big business and many are deeply concerned (including ourselves at eTeknix) that we might be sleepwalking into it.
Pai's order, named "Restoring Internet Freedom", would reverse a 2015 ruling that classifies internet service providers as if they were utilities, which is opposed by ISPs but supported by net neutrality advocates, who say pro-net neutrality policies encourage innovation.
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It also showed that the foundation donated $3 million last year, more than it had given in the previous three years combined. The Washington Post reported that the Trump Foundation transferred "income or assets to a disqualified person".
"While it may be convenient for you to ignore this, given that it was done in an attempt to support your position, it can not be the case that the FCC moves forward on such a major public debate without properly investigating this known attack", they said in the letter addressed to Pai and David Bray, the FCC's Chief Information Officer. "We see that in the record, too, that some companies have held off with new service offerings because they're not sure whether they would be allowed under the rules".