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99 Percent of Comments to FCC Favor Net Neutrality: Study

As many as 99 percent of the 1.1 million of comments submitted to the government are in favor of "net neutrality," a study finds.
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As many as 99 percent of the 1.1 million comments on "Net neutrality" submitted to the Federal Communications Commission are in favor of it, according to analysis by the Sunlight Foundation, an open government advocacy organization. Net neutrality is the concept of keeping the Internet a level playing field with no preferential "fast lane" treatment to some kinds of traffic, and it may or may not become a part of upcoming regulations being discussed by the FCC. Widespread support for Net neutrality online suggested that many of the comments solicited by the FCC would espouse that position, but this is nearly unanimous.

The study showed that around 60 percent of the 800,000 or so comments available for review were form letters, fewer than is normal with such a large response. That means more than 300,000 comments were original compositions, ranging from practical objections to economical ones, to philosophical ones. The foundation compiled a number of other interesting statistics and keywords from both sides of the debate in a blog post, and anyone interested in browsing through the comments themselves can download them in various formats.



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