FCC Extends Deadline for Net Neutrality Comments

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler participates in a panel discussion in this file photo in Washington, D.C. on February 6, 2014.

The Federal Communications Commision has announced a five-day extension for the second round of public comments on its "Open Internet" proceedings regarding net neutrality. The deadline has been pushed back from Sept. 10 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," the FCC said in a statement on its website.

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The raging debate over the regulation of Internet service providers had already led to one extension by the FCC in the first round of comments. The net neutrality discussion has been ongoing since the Spring, prompting over 149 tech companies to draft a joint appeal to the FCC to address concerns over what amounts to a bifurcated delivery system for internet service.

"There is not a fast Internet or a slow Internet," said FCC chairman Tom Wheeler during a May congressional hearing on the issue. "This has become a debate about legal approaches. It's a healthy debate."

In April, European Parliament passed a bill on net neutrality that forces internet providers to treat all content the same, effectively ending the possibility for an internet "fast and/or slow lane."