The FCC has received nearly 22m comments on “Restoring Internet Freedom” with just hours left before the window for public feedback closes on Wednesday

A sweeping plan to roll back Obama-era rules intended to ensure an open internet has drawn a record number of comments ahead of a critical vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

With hours left before the window for public feedback closes on Wednesday, the agency has received nearly nearly 22m comments on “Restoring Internet Freedom”, which could dismantle net neutrality rules put in place in 2015. Though many of the comments appear to be from spambots, the effort to ease regulations on internet service providers (ISPs) has drawn widespread criticism from Democrats, consumer advocates and internet companies.

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