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Two US Senators had Their Identities Stolen and Used to Post Fake Public Comments. Good!

Two US senators — one Republican, one Democrat, who both had their identities stolen and then used to post fake public comments on net neutrality — are calling on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to address how as many as two million fake comments were filed under stolen names. Apparently this is the motivation that works to get our legislators to pay attention to one of the most serious problems of our times. It worked so well that the lawmakers didn’t even need to be bribed by lobbyists!

Senators Jeff Merkley, Democrat of Oregon, and Pat Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, are among the estimated “two million Americans” whose identities were used to file comments to the FCC without their consent. Now they are are calling on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to fix the problem. Chairman Pai doesn’t have much of a record at fixing problems; he generally causes them instead. (Go to to find a few hundred articles about one problem that Ajit Pai created.)

However, with two U.S. senators breathing down his neck, maybe he will do something that is good for both Senators and for consumers. Maybe… I wouldn’t bet on it just yet.

You can read more in an article by Dell Cameron in the Gizmodo web site at:

Categories: Identity Theft, Legal Affairs

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