Federal Communications Commission (FCC) member Jessica Rosenworcel said on Friday that the commission still needed to get to the bottom to what appears to be a slew of fabricated comments filed with the FCC on the issue of net neutrality last year.
“We still need to get to the bottom of what happened here, because fake comments are not unique to the FCC. We’re seeing them filed in other proceedings here in Washington at other agencies, including the Department of Labor and the CFPB,” Rosenworcel said in a Reddit question and answer session.
The Pew Research Center reported last month that much of the public input ahead of the net neutrality vote appeared to be fake.
Pew said that 94 percent of the comments “were submitted multiple times, and in some cases those comments were submitted many hundreds of thousands of times.”
The FCC voted last month to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules.
The comments could have been posted as a means of swaying commissioners to vote one way or another on the issue.
The FCC declined to postpone its vote on net neutrality and approved FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to scrap the rules in a 3-2 party-line vote with both Democrats, including Rosenworcel, voting against it.