I actually saw this in real time as it was happening.
Courtesy of HuffPo:
The Federal Communications Commission has obstinately hidden information concerning its system for gathering public input about its unpopular plan to kill net neutrality amid signs of Russian manipulation of the comment procedure, according to a New York Times lawsuit.
Freedom of Information Act requests by the newspaper concerning the comment system were turned down repeatedly by the FCC as the Times attempted to investigate possible influence by Russia after huge numbers of comments were linked to Russian emails.
Stonewalling by the FCC has made the American public the “victim of an orchestrated campaign by the Russians to corrupt the notice-and-comment process and undermine an important step in the democratic process of rule-making,” states the Times’ lawsuit, which was filed Thursday in U.S.District Court in the Southern District of New York.
The agency also ignored similar demands — at least nine times — from the New York attorney general last year as that office investigated millions of suspicious comments.
The FCC voted last year to end net neutrality, upending the American internet system. The change allows internet service providers to block, slow down, or charge extra for certain content.
The FCC’s bungled comment procedure has long been the target of criticism. As many as 2 million comments were fraudulently submitted in other people’s names without their knowledge, and the system was overrun with bots, a favorite tool of the Russians. The system also crashed for a period of time as the FCC was overwhelmed by a massive number of comments supporting net neutrality.
This is once again a case that one should ask if there is nothing to hide why does there appear to be an attempt at a cover-up?
It is also a case where one must ask once again if the entire Trump Administration is now in some way working for the Kremlin.
Because if not why would they help to cover for their interference?