WASHINGTON Aug 15 U.S. Federal Communications
Commission on Friday said it would accept public comments on its
proposed new "net neutrality" rules through Sept. 15, giving
Americans extra time to weigh in on how they think Internet
traffic should be regulated.
The FCC has received more than 1 million comments already on
new rules for how Internet services providers should be allowed
to manage web traffic on their networks.
The FCC had set a deadline of July 15 for the initial
comments and then September 10 for replies to those initial
comments. However, the surge in submissions overwhelmed the
FCC's website and the agency had delayed the first deadline by
three business days.
"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," the FCC said on Friday,
delaying the final deadline for comments to September 15.
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(Reporting by Alina Selyukh; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)