Senators Urge FCC to Delay Vote Aimed at Repealing Net Neutrality Rules

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A group of senators have written a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai expressing their concern regarding his proposal to “dismantle” current net neutrality rules. Twenty eight senators signed the letter in which they expressed the view that a free and open internet is important to ensure a level playing field for all.

The senators also said the public record may be full of fake or fraudulent comments, rendering the proposed action fundamentally flawed. They also requested an investigation into reports that bots may have interfered with the proceeding by filling “hundreds of thousands of comments.”

Also, they stated that an additional 50,000 consumer complaints may have been excluded from the public record in the proceeding, based on Freedom of Information Act requests filled by the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

The senators asked the FCC to invest more time and resources into obtaining a more accurate picture of the record to enable it reach a “defensible resolution” to the proceeding.

The FCC will vote on Dec. 14 to repeal current net neutrality rules.