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Journalists go to court to obtain FCC records on net neutrality public comment period

Suspecting Russian influence during the Federal Communications Commission public hearing period on net neutrality, the New York Times is suing the commission for relevant records. The Times filed the lawsuit this week under the Freedom of Information Act after the commission failed to produce the requested information. A Democratic commissioner had written that Russians sent some half million comments on the proposal to end net neutrality. (Bloomberg News, September 20, 2018, by Jon Reid)

Free lance journalist Lance Prechtel sued the FCC in September of 2017 for information about individuals who made bulk comment uploads that contained fake comments by people who had no knowledge of the comments. A federal district court judge ruled two weeks ago that the FCC had to release the data. (Ars Technica, September 18, 2018, by Jon Brodkin)

For recent FAC coverage on the issue, click here and here.

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