FCC Public Comment Process and Bots

by Russ Steele

The FCC is asking for public comments on Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Proposals.  It will be an opportunity for communities to express their concerns about the implementation of G5 networks in their neighborhoods. It also could be an opportunity for the major telcos to use bots to flood the comments with replies favorable to their position that state, county, and city regulations could impede rapid installation and the telcos should have free or low-cost access to rights of way and existing infrastructure.

The FCC asked for comments on network neutrality and received 22 million or more comments. A data scientist and software engineer Jeff Kao took a look at the comments and concluded:

More than a Million Pro-Repeal Net Neutrality Comments were Likely Faked

I used natural language processing techniques to analyze net neutrality comments submitted to the FCC from April-October 2017, and the results were disturbing.

Kao’s analysis is HERE

1-8xMFT plot

View story at Medium.com

The potential is hight for pro big telecom comments on Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Proposals being generated by bots.  The FCC should use data science natural language processing to uncover the bot deception and let the authentic voices of the communities prevail as they must deal every day with the results of an invasive G5 network installation.

One thought on “FCC Public Comment Process and Bots

  1. ‘Bogus comments’: The record 22 million public comments in the FCC’s net neutrality proceeding – and reports that many of them are fake – are sparking new debate. “There’s something not right in the @FCC record on #NetNeutrality. Bots, bogus comments, and stolen names. A questionable distributed denial of service attack the @USGAO is investigating,” Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel tweeted Wednesday before the Thanksgiving break. She linked to a Medium post by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who said his office has been investigating a “massive scheme to corrupt the FCC’s notice and comment process through the misuse of enormous numbers of real New Yorkers’ and other Americans’ identities” and said he hasn’t gotten much cooperation from the FCC

    Source Politico Morning Tech

    Schneiderman Medium Post is HERE: https://medium.com/@AGSchneiderman/an-open-letter-to-the-fcc-b867a763850a

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