The Federal Communications Commission has settled a case over its refusal to comply with a public records request, agreeing to pay $43,000 to a journalist who sued the commission. Freelance writer Jason Prechtel filed a FOIA request with the FCC in mid-2017, asking for data that would identify who made bulk comment uploads in the proceeding that led to the repeal of net neutrality rules. Prechtel was trying to research comments that were falsely attributed to people without their knowledge. A settlement agreement says the FCC agreed to pay Prechtel to cover attorneys’ fees and court costs. Chairman Ajit Pai’s FCC did not admit any wrongdoing.
Ars Technica, Mar. 22