The FCC’s proposed “Open Internet” rule is the single most commented-on rulemaking in the history of the agency, with nearly four million submissions to date. The FCC just dumped all of the words from the second commenting period, which ran from July 19 to September 15.
The dump of 2,444,672 comments dwarfs the already massive heap of over one million comments dumped earlier this year. The commission promises to reveal every single one, and it’s asking for help, because, uh, holy moly that’s a lot of comments:
As before, we encourage those with the requisite technical skills to analyse the raw data and build visualizations or other tools and to share them with the public. This will help the FCC and the public have a more fully formed understanding of the content and source of the reply comments.
Indeed, it’s hard to imagine how on earth the FCC intends to get through all of those comments. Hopefully the millions of comments that support keeping net neutrality alive will be heard, because the FCC’s current proposal is no good.