While it will come as no surprise to anyone paying attention to proposed changes to the 2010 Open Internet Order (Net Neutrality rules) put forth by chairman Tom Wheeler, the FCC has confirmed that over one million people submitted comments during the public comment period so far.
The deadline to submit comments ends tonight at Midnight.
According to a tweet from Gigi Sohn, Special Counsel for External Affairs, Office of the Chairman, more than 1 million people have now submitted comments on net neutrality.
A subsequent tweet gave an exact number:
This comes as no shock to rights group Progressive Change Campaign Committee, who run the website No Slow Lane.
"The extraordinary outcry from over 1 million Americans, forcing the FCC to extend its deadline to handle the deluge, makes it clear: The American public demands that the FCC side with them on Net Neutrality, not big telecom companies like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and Time Warner," said Keith Rouda, PCCC organizer. "Americans understand that allowing an Internet fast lane to be created for big corporations, leaving slow lanes for everyone else, will destroy innovation on the Internet. The FCC should listen to the American public, at NoSlowLane.com and across the Internet, and reclassify the Internet as a public utility like water -- equally accessible to all."
The million dollar question is: will the FCC listen to the million+ every day Americans who took the time to comment or will it side with broadband providers by allowing paid prioritization?