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FCC to Release All Comments Received on Net Neutrality
by Karl Bode 08:57AM Thursday Aug 07 2014
The FCC has announced that the agency will soon release all 1.1 million of the comments on their net neutrality proposal received so far -- in six files around a gigabyte and a half in total size. These were the comments filed both through the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) and their dedicated openinternet@fcc.gov email address.

"Because of the sheer number of comments and the great public interest in what they say, Chairman Wheeler has asked the FCC IT team to make the comments available to the public today in a series of six XML files, totaling over 1.4 GB of data – approximately two and half times the amount of plain-text data embodied in the Encyclopedia Britannica," states the FCC.

The Commission hopes that providing the files in this fashion will "contribute to an even more informed and useful reply comment period," which ends on September 10.

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fcc hacked from within

i know those were "public comments" but they were directed at the fcc to consider and debate internally within government. dumping them out to the public just seems like a publicity stunt to give the illusion that such comments are actually being considered, when most inside our government these days will tell you "money talks, bullshit walks"...

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Re: fcc hacked from within

Who even bothered, even within the FCC, TO READ ALL THOSE COMMENTS? Public comments mostly would all say the same thing - we want net neutrality. Even through 90% of the commenters have no idea what net neutrality really is? The FCC commenting exercise is a total waste of time. The only comments that matter will be from corporations involved and from congress critters.

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Re: fcc hacked from within

my guess is once some journalist gets a hold of it all and
does some metadata research they will find the following;

50% were repeat posters (1 person posting 2 or more times)
47% were unique form fillers - who just checked some boxes
2% were lunatic fringe rantings
1% were thoughtful well reasoned opinions.

100% SUPPORT Net Neutrality, so there is no "debate" here.

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Re: fcc hacked from within

said by Packeteers:

1% were thoughtful well reasoned opinions.

1% of a million is still ten thousand comments for someone to read. And to get those ten thousand, they must cull them from the whole 1 Million. So yes, someone must read every one to find the few diamonds in the rough.

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said by PlusOne :

The only comments that matter will be from corporations involved and from congress critters.

Why are you repeating yourself?
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Anything the FCC considers in its rule makings is intentionally public, it's not for secret internal consideration. They're always publicly available in ECFS on the FCC website for anyone to read, past dockets on other issues included. The data dump is the only novel thing. Reading them all via ECFS would be incredibly cumbersome, but possible.

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Release the lobbyists comments

Let's see the real meat and potatoes.

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Continuing the story

The FCC announced this would be released via a torrent whereas it will be heavily throttled by ISPs.

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Re: Continuing the story

where did you read that, theonion?

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Can we order the comments on DVD?

My ISP has plans to throttle back my connection and I won't be able to download all the comments.

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Re: Can we order the comments on DVD?

Maybe the FCC will pay the ISPs for fast lane access so we can download the Net Neutrality comments faster.
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I'll wait for the film version...

...with jon stewart, and lewis black.