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Commentary: Shocker: 94 Percent of FCC feedback on net neutrality changes was bots

Emma Steger, Chair of the District 45 Dem. Non-Partisan League, protests the planned reversal of net neutrality Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in front of Congressman Kevin Cramer’s office in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

“Among the nearly 22 million public comments about net neutrality filed with the Federal Communications Commission in recent months, only 6% of them were unique comments,” USA Today reports, citing a study by the Pew Research Center.

If you’ve spent any time at all on the internet in recent weeks you’ve no doubt seen somebody, somewhere insinuating that the roll-back of Obama-era regulations put in place in 2015 would somehow mean the end of the internet as we know it. Which is baloney. As I wrote recently in a print column, there’s nothing “neutral” about policies giving the FCC (a federal bureaucracy notorious in decades past for their attempts to censor broadcast media) a foot in the door to regulate the internet.

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