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Irony: FCC site overwhelmed by neutrality comments

Demonstrators who favor “net neutrality” gather outside an FCC meeting on the issue in Washington.
Pat Anastasi | CNBC
Demonstrators who favor “net neutrality” gather outside an FCC meeting on the issue in Washington.

The Federal Communications Commission pushed back the first deadline to submit comments on the agency's proposed new Internet traffic rules to July 18.

A surge in traffic overwhelmed the agency's online filing system on Tuesday as companies, consumer advocates, lawmakers and citizens submitted nearly 680,000 comments on the FCC's proposed so-called net neutrality rules.

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"We have seen an overwhelming surge in traffic on our website that is making it difficult for many people to file comments through our Electronic Comment Filing System,'' FCC spokeswoman Kim Hart said, announcing the delay of the deadline to midnight on July 18.

"Please be assured that the Commission is aware of these issues and is committed to making sure that everyone trying to submit comments will have their views entered into the record.''

By Reuters

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