What do 800,000 people have to say on net neutrality?
- By Jonathan Lutton
- Sep 03, 2014
Four weeks after the Federal Communications Commission released 800,000 comments from its public comment collection on net neutrality, the Sunlight Foundation emerged from the data's depths with a few glimmering insights.
The foundation massaged the data to analyze and sort the comments into keyword groupings, allowing for a thorough examination of the data sets via an interactive visualization.
A number of trends were revealed, including:
- An estimated 60 percent of the comments (484,692 of those received) were sent from organized campaigns.
- Two-thirds of all comments objected to creation of "paid priority" services on the Internet.
- A comparable number of comments supported a movement to reclassify Internet service providers (ISPs) as "common carriers under the 1934 Communications Act."
- More than half of comments that originated from organized campaigns addressed the subject of Internet access as "an essential freedom."
- About 40 percent of all comments mentioned the potential economic impact the end of net neutrality would have on small businesses and innovation.
Read the entire report here.