FCC Extends Comment Period on ‘Fast Lanes,’ Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission was forced to extend the deadline for comments today after the public, interest groups, and others flooded the agency websites with comments today and caused it to crash. Now the public will have until midnight on Friday to comment on the agency’s controversial fast-lane net neutrality proposal. Those who haven't already can file a comment by sending an email to openinternet@fcc.gov to weigh in on the proposal. Anyone who wants to respond to initial comments filed with the FCC has until September to file additional comments.

As of yesterday, the FCC had received more than 677,000 comments on its net neutrality proposal, a senior agency official said. According to rights group Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), who runs noslowlane.com (an initiative to support the current Open Internet Order approved by the FCC and to strengthen it so it can stand against legal challenges), "nearly 1 million everyday Americans demand that FCC Chairman Wheeler protect Net Neutrality."

PCCC organizer Keith Rouda says that all of these comments are a sign that the people are not with Chairman Wheeler on "fast lanes."

"The unprecedented outcry from nearly a million everyday Americans supporting Net Neutrality makes FCC Chair Tom Wheeler's choice crystal clear: He can side with the interests of everyday Internet users or telecom companies like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and Time Warner," he told us. "The right thing for the FCC to do is to listen to those at NoSlowLane.com and across the Internet who are calling for the FCC to reclassify the Internet as a public utility like water — equally accessible to all."

Source: Recode

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