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FCC extends second net neutrality comment deadline

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By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission is giving the public more time to reply to concerns about net neutrality.

POINTS: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is under tremendous pressure from left-wing net neutrality advocates to regulate Internet service providers like a public utility.

POINTS: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is under tremendous pressure from left-wing net neutrality advocates to regulate Internet service providers like a public utility.

The commission announced Friday it would extend a second public comment period originally intended to end Sept. 10 by three business days. The public now has until Sept. 15.

“To ensure that members of the public have as much time as was initially anticipated to reply to initial comments in these proceedings, the Bureau today is extending the reply comment deadline by three business days,” said the FCC, speaking about the commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau.

The Wireline Competition Bureau develops and promotes the commission’s goals for the adoption of broadband and voice services.

The FCC also announced an extension in July after the public response overwhelmed and crashed the commission’s systems for the first round of public comments about regulating Internet service providers as a public utility.

The commission will hold a a series of six roundtable discussions about net neutrality beginning on Sept. 16, and ending Oct. 7.

A Knight Foundation-commissioned analysis of the first round of comments uncovered that 15 percent of responses were opposed to a so-called “pay-to-play” Internet, suggesting such a system would “harm the diversity of the Internet.”

Only a quarter of the total comments submitted were analyzed for the report.

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Josh Peterson is a DC-based tech reporter for the Franklin Center's Watchdog.org news site. Peterson previously spent two years at The Daily Caller covering tech and telecom regulatory policy as the publication's Tech Editor. During that time, he focused on cybersecurity, privacy, civil liberties, and intellectual property issues, and in addition to covering political protest movements. Prior to joining The Daily Caller in October 2011, Peterson spent time in DC researching and reporting on technology issues in internship roles with Hillsdale College's Kirby Center, Broadband Breakfast and The National Journalism Center, and The Heritage Foundation. Peterson has a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Hillsdale College. He is also a musician and music enthusiast, and an avid martial artist.