(FOX 32 News) - New information released by authorities reveals thousands of Illinoisans had their names falsely used during a public comment period for the Federal Communication Commission’s proposal on net neutrality.
On Thursday, the FCC voted to repeal 2015 net neutrality rules that the vast majority of Americans wanted to keep. The vote passed, despite news that the public comment period was corrupt with millions of fake comments.
According to a map released by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, between 50,000 and 99,999 fake comments came from Illinois during the public comment period.
If you would like to check if your name was used during that period without your consent, visit ag.ny.gov/fakecomments.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, a Democrat, says the state will join the appeal effort. She'd urged a vote delay and says in a Thursday statement that the commission's vote "undermines the public interest" and puts the "free and open" internet at risk.