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1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter?

July 2014 – The Federal Communications Commission received more than 1 million public comments on the issue of net neutrality during a five-month commenting period that ended Friday.

It’s the biggest public response the FCC has ever gotten on a policy matter in such a short period, and the second most commented-upon FCC issue, period. It ranks just behind the 1.4 million complaints received after Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction, which isn’t a direct comparison because those were spontaneous comments unrelated to a rule-making matter.

The proposal would allow cable companies to charge content providers extra fees to deliver faster service.

“It’s great that these issues resonate with the broader public,” says Gigi Sohn, who heads public engagement for the FCC. “They want to be heard. And they want to participate.”

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