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The FCC has gotten 3 million net neutrality comments, and today's the last day to file

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FCC chair Tom Wheeler's net neutrality proposal has already drawn a bigger public response than any single issue in the agency's history, passing even the 2004 Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction" with almost 1.5 million comments. Getting to that number took slightly under four months, but it's taken less than a week to double it. The FCC press secretary announced that over 3 million comments have come in regarding the Open Internet framework. There's still a chance for that number to go up: comments will be accepted until the end of today (September 15th.) If you want to send a comment, you can email openinternet@fcc.gov or file through this form.

A significant number of the new filings came during the Battle for the Net, a day of activism focused on getting the FCC to reclassify broadband service providers under stricter "common carrier" rules. Organizers said over 700,000 comments were filed over the course of the day, in addition to calls and emails to Congress, urging it to back the FCC's decision. While we don't know the makeup of these new numbers, the Sunlight Foundation analyzed 800,000 earlier comments and found that around two-thirds of them asked the FCC to reclassify broadband, while about 5 percent opposed tighter regulations. After comments close, the FCC will use them to decide on a final proposal, which Wheeler hopes to pass by the end of 2014.