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NLPC: 'International Filers' Flood FCC in Support of Net Neutrality

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By    |   Monday, 17 Jul 2017 06:21 PM

More than 1.3 million comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s public forum supporting net neutrality came from users outside of the U.S., according to a report published by the National Legal and Policy Center.

The comments came from Russia, Germany, and France and were submitted between July 3 and July 12. The NLPC said 325,528 comments came from one Russian address while 476,937 comments were submitted from the U.S. but entered into the system as "international filer."

Additionally, the NLPC reported more than 1 million "pro-net neutrality" comments came from an email address with a Pornhub.com extension.

"As we have noted in our previous two analyses, the gaming of the comment submission process continues and in fact appears to have reached epidemic proportions," said National Legal and Policy Center President Peter Flaherty. "Pro-net neutrality supporters like Fight for the Future reported generating more than 2 million comments into the FCC’s docket during the Day of Action. However, our analysis shows that more than half of the comments generated in the past two weeks appear to be fake, utilizing fake email addresses, fake domains such as Pornhub.com, addresses that are clearly foreign, and hundreds of thousands which even use Cyrillic characters."

In May, the FCC voted to advance Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal to reverse an order reclassifying Internet service providers as if they were utilities.

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More than 1.3 million comments on the Federal Communications Commission's public forum supporting net neutrality came from users outside of the U.S., according to a report published by the National Legal and Policy Center.
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