FCC provides “bulk upload” option for adding even more comments to the million-plus already on file – now who’s going to read them all?
When last we took a sounding of the rising floodwaters of net neutrality comments, they were 1.1 million deep and more were pouring in. That was a month ago and, we’re pleased to report, the levees have apparently held. At least we assume that to be the case because the FCC has just announced, in effect, that it’s opening the dam upstream in an apparent effort to increase the flow of incoming comments.
In a blog post on the FCC’s website, the Commission’s Chief Information Officer advises that
[i]n the Commission’s embrace of Open Data and a commitment to openness and transparency throughout the Open Internet proceedings, the FCC is making available a Comma Separated Values (CSV) file for bulk upload of comments given the exceptional public interest.
If we’re understanding that correctly, the Commission is offering an express lane for the simultaneous submission of multiple comments (i.e., “bulk uploads”) to get them in the door even faster than might otherwise be the case. The need for that express lane isn’t immediately obvious: a quick spot-check in ECFS indicates that, since mid-August, comments have been flowing in smoothly, generally several thousand (occasionally more than 10,000) a day. With bulk uploads now available, we can look for that to increase.
But necessary or not, this development brings us back to something we have addressed before.Continue Reading...