FCC Releases Open Internet Reply Comments to the Public

It is now well known that the FCC’s Open up Internet docket is the most commented upon rulemaking in the agency’s history, with more than 3. 9 million submissions to date filed both through our Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), the dedicated openinternet@fcc. gov email address, plus via the additional option of Comma Divided Values (CSV) files. Regardless of the technique through which a comment was filed, every comment submitted has been made portion of the official record of this proceeding.

After the first initial remark period ended, our IT team made those comments available to the general public in a series of XML files. These files allowed researchers, journalists, as well as others to analyze the data so that the public and the FCC itself could discuss and find out from the comments. The Sunlight Base, TechCrunch and the San Francisco analysis firm Quid were just some of the institutions and individuals who analyzed some or all the files and made these analyses available to the public.

In the interest of ensuring that the community has open access to the almost 2 . 5 million reply feedback that were filed during the official answer comment period (July 19-September 15), we are today releasing those answer comments in one zipped XML file. This file includes 725, 169 comments the FCC received through ECFS and CSV file uploads and another 1, 719, 503 comments received via the email address, for the total of 2, 444, 672 comments received during that time period. Designed for greater ease of use, we are also producing the initial round of comments obtainable in one zipped XML file. Each files can be found here. To protect commenters’ privacy, we have redacted email addresses from all of the comments.

Because before, we encourage those with the particular requisite technical skills to analyze the particular raw data and build visualizations or other tools and to talk about them with the public. This will help the FCC and the public have a more fully formed understanding of the content and supply of the reply comments. We believe that open data and transparency leads to better policymaking, and we invite and appear forward to your participation in this process.

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