New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman issued an update today on his office's investigation into fake FCC net neutrality comments. More than 5,000 people have filed reports with the office over fake comments, the group says, and up to 2 million comments misused Americans' identities. More than 100,000 came from New York, Florida, Texas, and California separately. As we reported last month, and as Schniederman confirmed again today, the FCC has refused to help with the investigation.
Schneiderman said in a public statement: "As we’ve told the FCC: moving forward with this vote would make a mockery of our public comment process and reward those who perpetrated this fraud to advance their own hidden agenda. The FCC must postpone this vote and work with us to get to the bottom of what happened.”
The attorney general office calls the process "corrupted," and says the misuse of these identities could constitute criminal impersonation under New York law. The FCC has ignored requests for logs and records and has yet to provide a "substantive response." Schneiderman, FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, and 28 senators have asked the FCC to delay its upcoming net neutrality vote in order to give investigators more time to look into the fake comments, but the vote is still scheduled for tomorrow.