Monitoring the Open Internet Comments Submitted to the FCC

Tomorrow marks the end of the 1st round of comments in the Commission’s Open Internet Proceeding. During the past 60 days, the Commission has received numerous comments from a wide range of constituents. Chairman Tom Wheeler and I both enthusiastically support open government and open up data, so with this post I wanted to share the hourly rate of responses submitted into the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) since the begin of public comments on the FCC’s Open Internet Proceeding (Proceeding 14-28). Here’s a link to a Comma Divided Values (CSV) text file supplying those hourly rates for all responses submitted to ECFS and those particular to the Open Internet Proceeding; beneath is a graphical presentation of that same data.

As the data shows, the public has been submitting a high-volume associated with comments into ECFS over the last two months. The FCC IT team rapidly implemented an additional caching feature on June 3 to support some of the greatest concurrent commenting levels that ECFS has seen in its 17-plus year history.

In addition , the Commission also has already been receiving comments to the openinternet@fcc. gov email inbox that was established April 24 — before the Commission used the Open Internet Notice associated with Proposed Rulemaking on May fifteen, which began the official comment period in ECFS. Here’s a link to some CSV text file providing all those weekly rates and below is really a graphical presentation of the data associated with email comments received.

Although the day for the initial round of responses is tomorrow, the Commission’s email inbox and ECFS will remain open up. We continue to invite engagement through all interested parties. We will still update the two CSV text data files providing the commenting rates in the webpage, as well as provide an open application programming interface (API) to the CSV files. The FCC IT team will also look into implementing an easier way for electronic “web scraping” of responses available in ECFS for comment downloading greater than 100, 000 comments at the same time as we work to modernize the particular FCC enterprise.

The number of people submitting comments is amazing, underscoring the importance of this issue and the important role public engagement plays in the Commission’s policy-making process. When the ECFS system was created in 1996, the particular Commission presumably didn’t imagine it would receive more than 100, 000 digital comments on a single telecommunications issue. Open up government and open data is important to our rapidly changing times both in terms of the pace of technology advances and the tightening of budgets in government. I hope you find this information helpful.


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