Koch-backed group accounted for 56% of anti-net neutrality letters to FCC, Sunlight says

A "shadowy" group inundated the FCC with letters opposing net neutrality during the commission's second-round commenting period in September, accounting for more than half of the anti-net neutrality comments overall, the Sunlight Foundation reports.

Eyebrows were raised when 60 percent of the second-round comments opposed strident regulation of the Internet after first-round commenting had been so overwhelmingly supportive.

Plying natural language processing technology to 1.6 million anti-net neutrality letters received by the Federal Communications Commission, the nonprofit tied most of the missives to a group called American Commitment, which the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation says is backed by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch.

"In marked contrast to the first round, anti-net neutrality commenters mobilized in force for this round, and comprised the majority of overall comments submitted, at 60 percent," the Sunlight Foundation wrote. "We attribute this shift almost entirely to the form-letter initiatives of a single organization, American Commitment, who are single-handedly responsible for 56.5 percent of the comments in this round."

For more:
- read this Sunlight Foundation report
- read this Ars Technica story
- read this Gizmodo story

Related links:
FCC's Wheeler says he expects lawsuits on net neutrality regardless of what rules are passed
AT&T halts fiber deployments until net neutrality is resolved
FCC wants AT&T to provide information on fiber investment delay
AT&T's Stephenson appeals directly to FCC's Wheeler to not reclassify broadband under Title II
FCC's Wheeler proposes two-tier net neutrality plan for broadband services
FCC flooded with over 3M comments about net neutrality rules

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