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FCC extends comment period for net neutrality after court decision


The Federal Communications Commission, with its ability to create a new net neutrality regulation in limbo, extended a deadline for the public to weigh in on the proposed rule to April 26.

Comments had originally been due this Thursday, but in an unusual postponement, the FCC said it wanted to give people to more time to craft their arguments for or against the rule. On Tuesday, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of Comcast against the FCC in a net neutrality case. The decision has thrown into doubt the agency’s ability to come up with a new net neutrality rule – along with other broadband regulations.

Wireless trade group CTIA and a pro-net neutrality group called the Open Internet Coalition asked the FCC yesterday to extend the deadline to “enable all interested parties to evaluate and consider the legal implications of the D.C. Circuit’s . . . decision,” they said in their request.

“It is the policy of the commission that extensions of time shall not be routinely granted,” the FCC said in a statement. “ However, we find that good cause exists to provide all parties an extension of the reply comment deadline.”

By Cecilia Kang  |  April 7, 2010; 3:43 PM ET
 
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It is a wonder this issue even comes up. There are millions of us who, through our taxes, paid to develop the internet. It is just as I thought: Corporate interests will try to take it over, just as they have succeeded in doing with so much that we, the taxpayers, created and enabled. It's a sad commentary on our civilization and how our government has been "captured." Of course, I sent in a comment. I urge others to do. But I have little hope that the Congress will disentangle itself from those who contributed to their campaigns and who lobby and that it will do something that's really in the public interest. We can "lobby" too, but who are we? Just taxpayers and voters, that who.

Posted by: dorofacol | April 9, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

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