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The comment period for the FCC’s proposal to roll back the net neutrality rules established in 2015 was originally August 16 — next Wednesday. But after advocacy organizations asked the agency to add time to the clock in order to look through existing comments, the deadline has been extended (against the strenuous arguments of the broadband industry) by two weeks, to August 30.
The EFF, Public Knowledge, the ACLU and more filed a motion at the beginning of the month asking for eight weeks to be added. There’s adequate reason for it; 20 million comments are a lot to wade through, and thousands of them are more than the simple “I support/oppose the proposal.” One filed earlier this week is from Representatives who actually helped write and modify the Telecommunications Act that grants the FCC its powers to begin with.
Volume - Scope - Complexity - Importance - Issues
Given the enormous volume, scope, complexity, and importance of the issues raised in the first round of comments, good cause plainly exists for this request. An extension is necessary to give Movants and other interested persons a minimum of adequate time to work through the initial comment record and prepare thorough and well-informed replies.
A filing from several broadband and telecom industry groups opposed the...
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