If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know what our view on Net Neutrality is.
You’ll also know that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been pretty reluctant to let the public air their opinions on their proposed rollback of the Net Neutrality rules establish in 2015.
However, you have made them listen—to the tune of over 20 million individual comments.
The original deadline for public comments on this issue was August 16th, but given the huge amount of feedback already given, the EFF, Public Knowledge, and the ACLU have successfully petitioned for an extension, meaning that you now have even more time to tell the FCC what you think.
While the groups originally asked for an eight-week extension period, the FCC have extended the deadline by two weeks—to August 30th.
You won’t be surprised to hear that several broadband and telecom industry groups vehemently opposed this extension, with several claiming that the current period had been more than enough. But it may come as a shock that the FCC, in this instance, agreed with the EFF, Public Knowledge and the ACLU.
Daniel Kahn, the FCC’s chief of the competition policy division, wrote in Friday’s order:
While it is the policy of the commission that ‘extensions shall not be routinely granted,’ we find that an extension of the reply comment deadline is appropriate in this case in order to allow interested parties to respond to the record in this proceeding.
We find that permitting interested parties an additional two weeks in which to file their reply comments will allow parties to provide the commission with more thorough comments, ensuring that the commission has a complete record on which to develop its decisions.
Make sure you don’t miss your chance to have your say. Visit dearfcc.org today and let them know that you stand for Net Neutrality.