WASHINGTON, July 15 The U.S. Federal
Communications Commission on Tuesday pushed back to July 18 the
first deadline to submit comments on the agency's proposed new
Internet traffic rules as a surge in traffic overwhelmed the
agency's online filing system.
Companies, consumer advocates, lawmakers and citizens had
poured nearly 680,000 comments on the FCC's proposed so-called
net neutrality rules as the deadline for first comments
approached on Tuesday.
"We have seen an overwhelming surge in traffic on our
website that is making it difficult for many people to file
comments through our Electronic Comment Filing System," FCC
spokeswoman Kim Hart said, announcing the delay of the deadline
to midnight on July 18.
"Please be assured that the Commission is aware of these
issues and is committed to making sure that everyone trying to
submit comments will have their views entered into the record."
(Reporting by Alina Selyukh; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)