NY AG Investigating Why Dead People Are Against Net-Neutrality

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The New York Attorney General is investigating why dead people commented in favor ending Net-Neutrality.

That the FCC's public comment period for ending net neutrality was hijacked by fraudulent submissions is now common knowledge, but the fact that some of those comments came from dead people may be less so. The New York Attorney General's office is looking into the issue, questioning how the deceased can hold any opinion at all on the issue.

The latest is that the New York Attorney General also acknowledged that his office has been looking into the fake comments submitted to the FCC's net neutrality proceeding. Early analysis had found that a massive portion of the 22 million public comments on the agency's plan came from a group or individual using a bot to stuff the ballot box with phony support for the plan. Many of these names were pulled from a hacked database of some kind, with many of the individuals in question stating they had never even visited the FCC website and have no idea what net neutrality even is.

Reporting from Vice earlier this month indicates the problem was known well in advance of the comment period's close.

As detailed in a letter sent to the FCC Thursday morning, people are pissed that their personal information was used without their knowledge to post anti-net neutrality comments to the FCC's website, which includes at least two people who are recently deceased.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has stated the agency will not be taking measures to investigate the fake submissions or attempt to find out who was behind them.

The FCC could easily put this issue to bed by providing a closer look at who used the necessary APIs to file these comments en masse. Of course that might expose not only the group responsible but the folks funding the effort.