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July 15, 2014

FCC Webpage Crashes on Final Day for Net Neutrality Comment Submissions

If you have strong opinions on Net neutrality, today is the last day you can voice your opinion to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

Well … maybe.

The FCC page dedicated to accepting comments on its net neutrality proposal has been out of commission much of the day. After clicking on the link to submit a comment, a ‘Cannot open connection’ message pops up.

It seems rather ironic that the government agency in charge of the Internet and its future should have a website that refuses to function on such an important day. The failure is not exactly a ringing endorsement for the FCC’s abilities.

The FCC on May 15 voted in favor of opening its newly-proposed Net neutrality rules up to public comment. The proposed rules, potentially, could allow broadband providers to offer “commercially reasonable” traffic management — a plan that is not sitting well with proponents of a free and open Internet, despite the assurances of FCC chairman Tom Wheeler who dreamed up the plan.

Wheeler has said his plan will not create “Internet fast-lanes” for streaming video providers willing to fork over enough cash to broadband firms, but many are skeptical.

So far, the agency has received 677,000 comments on the issue of Net neutrality, including responses from politicians and major Internet companies.

Although the FCC’s form is out of commission, people can still leave a comment via e-mail at


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.