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FCC Creates Downloadable Net-Neutrality Docket Files

Looking to make the net-neutrality docket easier to review by outside parties, the FCC has put some "zip" into the search process.

The agency has made all Restoring Internet Freedom comments filed as of Nov. 3 -- more than 22 million of them -- available in compressed, downloadable files. 

The comments have been organized, in batches of 10,000, into JSON files that are aggregated into three zipped archives:

The FCC is encouraging the public to use those files in "exploring the docket" and to "ensure that they have a complete set of filings."

FCC chair Ajit Pai is widely expected to circulate an order rolling back Title II classification of internet access and reviewing the current Open Internet order this month for a vote next month. It is that proposal that drew the 22 million-plus comments.

The FCC closed the comment period Aug. 30, but continued to accept comments anyway -- per custom -- and the comments continued to flood in.

Technically, only those before the Aug. 30 deadline are considered part of the record the FCC has to consider in making its decision.

FCC spokespeople were not immediately available for comment on the new archive.

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.