FCC Extends Net Neutrality Comment Period

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The Federal Communications Commission has extended the public comment period for Net Neutrality rules after a flood of last minute comments broke the form. Beyond underlining the case for getting actual developers into government websites, the Commission is extending the deadline to allow those people who were confronted with the the form problem time to comment. So, yet again, if you haven’t weighed in on why we shouldn’t break the internet for profit you now have until September 15 to do so.

The Commission has already received more than one million comments on net neutrality. At issue is whether cable providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T will be allowed to push certain content into “fast lanes”.

Also connected to this issue is efforts by the same service providers to ban municipal broadband networks, consolidate through merger, and generally ensure that Americans pay more and get less.

As CivSource reported last week, several states have improved broadband access speeds, although they still lag behind many other countries. The US is hovering near 10mpbs on average, while other countries like South Korea offer speeds over 20mpbs for a lower price. Kansas, which saw a 90 percent improvement in broadband speeds owes much of that to Google Fiber.

So again, now is the time to comment. A listing of public comment is available here.