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FCC's Tom Wheeler says 647,000 comments filed on net neutrality

updated 03:45 pm EDT, Sun July 13, 2014

Chairman takes to Twitter to 'keep your input coming, 'announce comment figures

Those looking to speak up about the potential changes to net neutrality still have some time to speak up before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) closes the commenting period on July 15. Those adding their voices on the direction of the Internet won't be alone, as FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recently said on Twitter that 647,000 comments were received so far.

While the number can't be confirmed through the FCC's commenting system due to cap limitations of the search, received and posted comments and letters totaled over 250,000. Since the commenting period began on May 15 for "Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet," a period of nine days saw more than 10,000 comments per day, according to the FCC's system. Many of those took place on the week of June 3, when comedian John Oliver made a call to action on the HBO show Last Week Tonight.

The FCC experienced heavy load during the same week, but it was suspected to be due to a hacking attempt and not because of the attention from the television show. At the beginning of June, after Oliver's show aired, 47,000 comments were received over a 30-day period. As of today, the number of filings in the last 30 days is 32,685.

With only two business days remaining until the commenting period closes, Internet users that wish for their voices to be heard need to issue a comment soon. Anyone that has something to say about Title II requirements for providers, two-lane Internet fast treatments or any other thoughts relating to the matter have little time left.

Once the commenting period ends, the proposed changes enter a reply phase where comments to the FCC start being posted to the public. A second public comment period is also expected.

by MacNN Staff



  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 07-13-09

    of course, the FCC are busy deleting the comments as fast as they come in...they already know what they are going to do, and that plan has been handed to them by the biggest ISPs in the US.

  1. Inkling

    Senior User

    Joined: 07-25-06

    Net neutrality, net pewtrality. It's fast enough already. I just want my broadband bill to be smaller.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 01-23-02

    the FCC *is*

  1. Alann

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    Joined: 11-27-10

    If the USA had an internet infrastructure up to the standards of the industrialized world, net neutrality would be a non-issue. American ISP's are very happy to keep thing$ just the way they are or possibly make even more $$$ by charging more for tiered access, Sorry but anybody happy with internet speeds as they are has never been to a modern country that has an interest in the public good.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    Agreed with Alann. Our foreign correspondents enjoy both FASTER Internet connections and CHEAPER ones, but more importantly most of them enjoy the fact that service is not deliberately hobbled to make more money. That's a US thing.

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