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Senators want more debate over another net neutrality plan

Joe Mont | August 9, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission has received more than 16 million comments on a proposal to revive net neutrality. Deliberations on the rule, introduced in May, allowed for a 30-day public comment process. Now, Democrats want more time to debate the resurrected initiative.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), are calling on the FCC to extend the expiring comment period.

In 2015, the FCC adopted the Open Internet Order which reclassified broadband as a telecommunication service and prohibited internet service providers from setting up internet fast and slow lanes, ensuring all online traffic is treated the same.

The D.C. Circuit Court upheld the rules in 2016, but the FCC started efforts to roll back these protections in spring of this year.

“Given the unprecedented number of comments, we urge the FCC to extend the reply comment period to allow... To get the full story, subscribe now.