The Federal Communications Commission last week released more than 13,000 pages of net neutrality complaints filed by consumers against their Internet service providers. But the big document release came just one day before the deadline for the public to comment on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to repeal the net neutrality rules.
The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) request in May in an attempt to get all of the net neutrality complaints received by the FCC since the rules took effect in 2015. The group also sought details on the resolution of each complaint, including ISPs’ responses to each consumer.
The NHMC argued that all of the complaints should be released well in advance of the comment deadline in order to let the public evaluate the potential impact of repealing the rules. But the FCC still hasn’t released the text of most of the complaints, and it has resisted calls to give the public more time to comment on the net neutrality repeal proposal.