An advocacy group called Fight for the Future wants journalists to ask Internet companies if they are funding efforts to spam the Federal Communications Commission public comments system on the agency's website for the proposed rollback of Obama-era "net neutrality" regulations.
A group of people have reached out to the FCC, complaining that their names and personal information were used without their consent to submit fake comments to support Chairman Ajit Pai's proposed rule that would reverse the Title II classification of broadband services.
Fourteen victims signed onto a letter to Pai, calling for an investigation and the public release of any information the agency has on the 450,000-plus fraudulent comments. "Hundreds of thousands of other Americans may have been victimized too," they wrote.
Fight for the Future contends that the FCC has taken no action on removing the fake comments, "risking the safety and privacy of potentially hundreds of thousands of people."
While calling on the FCC to disclose any information it may have on the source of the fake comments, the group also reached out to journalists to further investigate the situation.
"Further, we encourage journalists to ask [Internet service providers] like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T whether they are funding this activity, or providing funding for groups that could be engaging in this activity," the group wrote in a post online.
These companies publicly oppose the FCC net neutrality ruling in 2015 that classified Internet service providers like AT&T and Comcast as Title II public utilities.