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With 1 million comments, U.S. net neutrality debate nears first marker

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Jul
2014

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. companies, consumer advocates and citizens submitted more than 1 million comments to the Federal Communications Commission, drawing contentious divisions on the issue of net neutrality as the first deadline to comment approached Friday. The FCC will continue collecting comments, made in response to these first submissions, until Sept. 10 as it weighs how best to regulate the way Internet service providers (ISPs) manage web traffic crossing their networks. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new rules in April after a federal court struck down the FCCs previous version of such rules in January. The FCCs draft rules propose banning ISPs from blocking users access to websites or applications but allowing some commercially reasonable deals between content providers and ISPs to prioritize delivery of some web traffic.

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