Last month, a number of US Representatives sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) asking it to investigate fraudulent comments submitted to the FCC’s proposal to repeal net neutrality. Multiple groups found evidence that millions of the comments submitted during the FCC’s public comment period were linked to fake email addresses, were fraudulently posted under others’ names and addresses and were even attributed to people known to be dead. ArsTechnica reported on Wednesday that the GAO has agreed to investigate the issue. From the report: The GAO will do just that, having told Democrats in a letter that it will “review the extent and pervasiveness of fraud and the misuse of American identities during federal rulemaking processes.” The investigation was requested by nine Democrats led by Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ). GAO investigations do not happen quickly. “At the current time we anticipate that staff with the required skills will be available to initiate an engagement in about five months,” the office said.
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