The Times' FoIA request was for server logs related to the system for accepting public comments on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's repeal of net neutrality rules.
A similar request was made by Buzzfeed News, and the FCC rejected the requests from both news organizations in its order today.
Although the Times narrowed its records request to satisfy the FCC's privacy and security concerns, the FCC says it still won't provide any of the requested data.
Doing so, the agency asserts, would require more than a simple database search and require the FCC to "create records that do not already exist.".
Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel was the only FCC commissioner to dissent from the new ruling against the FoIA request.
It appears this agency is trying to prevent anyone from looking too closely at the mess it made of net neutrality.
Separately, Pai's FCC has failed to fulfill an Ars request for records related to the FCC's measurement of in-home broadband speeds. »