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The FCC invites you to read 1.4 GB of net neutrality comments

When the initial period for public feedback on net neutrality closed last month, the Federal Communications Commission tallied them all up and came out with a staggering number: 1.1 million. That's the highest ever for an official proceeding.

The FCC has vowed to review every single comment. To allow others to help, the agency is releasing all the comments in a series of XML files so that data jockeys can go through the materials themselves. The files add up to a whopping 1.4 GB of information.

"The release of the comments as Open Data in this machine-readable format will allow researchers, journalists and others to analyze and create visualizations of the data so that the public and the FCC can discuss and learn from the comments we’ve received," wrote the FCC's Gigi Sohn in a blog post.

You can still access all the comments individually at the FCC's Web site. But the data dump will allow analysts to find patterns in the aggregate, such as the geographic distribution of electronic filers.

So go to town, folks. Tell us what you find out.

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post, focusing on telecommunications and the Internet. Before joining the Post, he was the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at the Atlantic.
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