“FCC counsel Tom Johnson has told the New York State that the FCC is not providing information for his investigation into fake net-neutrality comments, saying those comments did not affect the review, and challenging the state’s ability to investigate the feds.” Variety has more:

The FCC’s general counsel, in a letter to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, also dismissed his concerns that the volume of fake comments or those with stolen identities have “corrupted” the rule-making process… He added that Schneiderman’s request for logs of IP addresses would be “unduly burdensome” to the commission, and would “raise significant personal privacy concerns.”

Amy Spitalnick, Schneiderman’s press secretary, said in a statement that the FCC “made clear that it will to obstruct a law enforcement investigation. It’s easy for the FCC to that there’s no problem with the process, when they’re hiding the very information that would allow us to determine if there was a problem. To be clear, impersonation is a violation of New York law,” she said… “The only privacy jeopardized by the FCC’s continued obstruction of this investigation is that of the perpetrators who impersonated real Americans.”
One of the FCC’s Democratic commissioners claimed that this response “shows the FCC’s sheer contempt for public input and unreasonable failure to support integrity in its process… Moreover, the FCC refuses to look into how nearly half a million comments came from Russian sources.”


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