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Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission engaged in the worst kind of “partisan politics” by working closely with net neutrality advocates to ensure their comments were filed with the agency, but not extending the same courtesy to the other side, a coalition of groups opposed to the regulations said in a sharply worded letter to the agency.

“Increasingly ... FCC staff appear to be disregarding arguments that do not fit a preconceived agenda; and worse, they may be actively manipulating media coverage around controversial issues,” said the letter, sent Thursday by a dozen conservative groups, including TechFreedom, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and FreedomWorks. Instead of working as a bipartisan and collegial body, “the FCC appears to be engaging in the worst aspects of partisan politics,” the letter added.