One day after more than two dozen Senators called upon the Federal Communications Commission to postpone its vote to repeal net neutrality, the agency stated it will move forward with the planned vote.
The FCC said Monday that “the vote will proceed as scheduled on December 14,” despite Senators requesting in a letter that the vote be delayed until an investigation into fake comments made during the public comment period on the proposal can be completed.
“A free and open Internet is vital to ensuring a level playing field online, and we believe that your proposed action may be based on an incomplete understanding of the public record in this proceeding,” the letter read. “In fact, there is good reason to believe that the record may be replete with fake or fraudulent comments, suggesting that your proposal is fundamentally flawed.”
The FCC responded to the request in a defiant statement to Ars Technica:
“This is just evidence that supporters of heavy-handed Internet regulations are becoming more desperate by the day as their effort to defeat Chairman Pai’s plan to restore Internet freedom has stalled.”
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has proposed rolling back the Obama-era regulations, allowing internet service providers to discriminate against customers by charging more for certain services or speeds and to choose which content users have access to, while handing over authority over the providers to the Federal Trade Commission.
The measure has been met by massive resistance from hundreds of thousands of citizens and more than 40 consumer advocacy organizations.