Senators urge FCC to delay net neutrality vote

Bots may have submitted fake comments to the FCC about the net neutrality vote.
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Twenty-eight senators including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Corey Booker signed a letter urging Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai to delay the upcoming net neutrality vote.

They cited a study that estimated that more than 1 million public comments submitted to the FCC ahead of the Dec. 14 vote were written by bots. 

With the repeal of net neutrality, internet service providers like AT&T and Verizon would be able to set different prices for access and favor websites that pay a premium. In the Monday letter, the senators requested an FCC investigation into reports about bots filing comments. 

“Without additional information bout the alleged anomalies surrounding the public record, the FCC cannot conduct a thorough and fair evaluation of the public’s views on this topic, and should not move forward with a vote,” the letter says.

It ended, “We are requesting that you delay your planned vote on this item until you can conduct a thorough review of the state of the record and provide Congress with great assurance of its accuracy and completeness.”

Sadly, it might not be enough to derail Pai and his steadfast plans to destroy net neutrality.

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