An Update on the Volume of Open Internet Comments Submitted to the FCC

Monday night determined the second round of comments for the FCC’s Open Internet Proceeding. Over the last four months, the Commission offers received a large number of comments from a broad variety of constituents via three methods: (1) the FCC’s Electronic Comment Submitting System (ECFS), (2) the openinternet@fcc. gov email address, and (3) the recently launched CSV file option for large comment uploads.

In July, at the conclusion of the first round of feedback, we provided a look at the day-to-day rate of comments we obtained in ECFS. We are now giving an updated file to show the daily rate of comments posted to ECFS since the start of the public comment period in this proceeding. Beneath is a graphical representation of this information.

As an alternative path to submitting feedback, the Commission also has been receiving feedback to a dedicated email inbox from openinternet@fcc. gov. We are providing an updated CSV text file giving the weekly submission rates of those comments, and a graphical representation from the data below.

Throughout the two rounds of public comment, and despite the age of the Commission’s IT systems, the FCC IT team worked around the clock and implemented workaround methods to scale the large volume of comments to keep the system up and running, ensuring the public could submit feedback to the Commission leading up to Monday night’s comment deadline.

The report number of comments we received with this proceeding underscores the importance of the open Internet. We appreciate the interest plus feedback from all of the individuals plus groups who took the time to provide useful input during the last four months.

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