The FCC has created an alternative to its electronic comment filing system (ECFS) for comments on the Comcast/Time Warner Cable/Charter/SpinCo transaction, as it did with network neutrality comments, and for the same reason.
Comments can now be emailed to ComcastTWCMerger@fcc.gov. They will still go into the official record.
An FCC spokesperson said the reason was that given the high-volume of comments on the proposed merger, and to avoid the same problems the FCC had with network neutrality comments—more than 3.7 million of them—which slowed/crashed the system, it wanted another avenue for people to comment rather than having to go through ECFS. The comments will still ultimately be posted in ECFS, however.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.