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The FCC Has More Than a Million Net Neutrality Comments to Read

man using computerWith the deadline to file comments passed, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) now has to begin the task of combing through 1,067,779 submissions from the public, a number that the FCC’s head of public engagement Gigi Sohn said is among the highest ever. Many of the comments are said to be angry and filled with foul language.

Reply comments will continue through September 10. New rules are expected by the end of the year.

According to Variety:

Much of the interest appears to have been triggered by the notion that the FCC proposal will be too weak to prevent ISPs from making deals for so-called “paid prioritization,” in which an Internet site could pay to have content like video delivered to a subscriber at a faster speed and better quality. Critics say that “paid prioritization” would lead to a Balkanization of the Internet, in which well-heeled content providers pay for “fast lanes” to gain an advantage.

Some companies like Verizon would be happy to charge companies a little extra for the privilege of having faster speeds.

“Such flexibility to experiment with alternative arrangements not only can reduce costs to end users while allowing them to access the content they demand, but also benefit [Web services] and spur continued investment in broadband infrastructure,” they wrote in a letter to the FCC.

Netflix is not.

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Some Say They Heard Lady Gaga Instead Of the Emergency Alert Test

Many news outlets this afternoon are declaring the first national test of the Emergency Alert System a failure.

All TV and radio stations were meant to have a 30-second break at 2pm ET for the test. (Usually these tests, which most people are familiar with, are administered on a local level.) For many, that happened. But according to ABC News, some said they never saw anything, others said the audio was “distorted,” and some DirecTV customers said they heard Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” instead. For some reason, this is giving us massive giggles right now. Seriously people, you’re making that up!**

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Roll Call: The FCC, Disney/ABC, MSLGroup, and More

President Obama has nominated two former Federal Communications Commission staffers to serve as commissioners: Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai. The nominees, a Democrat and Republican respectively, were chosen to represent both parties and speed along confirmation. [via Adweek]

Mirian Arias has been named VP of daytime communications at Disney/ABC Television Group. She was previously the VP of comms for NBCUniversal’s iVillage.

Mike Russell has joined MSLGroup Americas as SVP of sales and business development, a new position. He’ll be reporting to Americas president Jim Tsokanos and is charged with winning U.S.-based global and national accounts. He was previously MD of Meredith Integrated Marketing, a division of Meredith Corporation.

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