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FCC extends last date for Net Neutrality Feedback rules to September 15

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The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has extended the last date for receiving public feedback on the proposed net neutrality rules.

The media regulator extended the deadline to September 15 in order to give more time to the public to react over how the government should regulate internet traffic.

The initial deadline for first-round of feedback on the FCC’s decision was fixed on July 15. But it was later postponed to July 18 as many responders turned up to post their comments in a last minute rush on July 15, crashing the website. It was then extended to September 10.

“The deadline was extended to ensure that members of the public have as much time as was initially anticipated to reply to initial comments in these proceedings,” FCC said in a statement on Friday.

So far, the FCC has received over a million comments, with many showing disagreement with proposed rules for net neutrality that would prioritize web content and internet service providers who pay more than others.

The agency has proposed set of rules for pay-for-priority business models for Internet service providers (ISPs). The commission is working on drafting the net neutrality rules with an aim at regulating the process by which ISPs manage traffic on their networks.

Under the proposed rules, ISPs are not allowed to block any web content besides permitting few ‘commercially reasonable’ deals where content providers could pay ISPs in order boost the delivery of their traffic.

The interested people can post their feedback on the FCC’s website through email at openinternet@fcc.gov, or by physical mail.

 

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