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FCC receives record 3 million net neutrality comments: What now?

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s deadline for the public to comment on the agency’s proposed net neutrality rules passed Monday with more than 3 million comments filed, by far a record number for an FCC proceeding.

The 3 million comments, as of midday Monday, eclipsed the 1.4 million complaints the FCC received related to singer Janet Jackson’s so-called “wardrobe malfunction” on live television during the 2004 Super Bowl. Many of the net neutrality comments called for the agency to pass strong net neutrality rules prohibiting broadband providers from selectively blocking or slowing Internet traffic or charging Web content providers for priority access to broadband customers.

Many recent comments filed at the FCC used a form letter from a group of net neutrality advocates who engaged in a symbolic Internet slowdown last week.

“We are writing to urge you to implement strong and unambiguous net neutrality rules that protect the Internet from discrimination and other practices that will impede its ability to serve our democracy, empower consumers, and fuel economic growth,” said the form letter from Battleforthenet.com. “Erecting toll booths or designating fast lanes on the information superhighway would stifle free speech, limit consumer choice, and thwart innovation.”

To read more, click here – article by Grant Gross.

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