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DSLReports.com: Infographic - the Internet speaks up for Net Neutrality

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:55 -- Eva Prkachin

Check out this amazing visualization of all 1.1 million comments made to the FCC about Internet Slow Lanes.

Article by Karl Bode for DSLReports.com

As noted recently, the FCC decided to dump all of the comments they received on net neutrality out in the open in the form of six XML files, allowing analysis of what people and companies were thinking on the issue. Initial dissection of that data was largely superficial, with stories exploring things like the fact that people sure like to say the f-bomb a lot.

San Francisco data analysis firm Quid offered a significantly more interesting graphical look at the data this week, creating a cluster map that details word use and general sentiment. According to the data, the vast vast majority of commenters supported net neutrality, with the firm also showing that almost all of those opposing net neutrality and the creation of rules came courtesy of form letters:

The comments did include "anti" net neutrality positions. They included statements opposing the "FCC's crippling new regulations," as commenters wrote. But they came from a form letter, or template, and all comment clusters that came from templates (five separate ones in all, four of five supporting net neutrality) were collapsed into a single node. Taken with the entire body of comments sampled, there weren't enough unique or organic anti-net-neutrality comments to register on the map.

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