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Furthermore, the study found that less than 1.6 million fillings seem to have originated from people who took the time to create a personalized comment; of those, 1.52 million were against FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai's plan to cancel the Title II net neutrality rules.

Pai's argument against net neutrality is based on the idea that it deters investments into internet infrastructure, but some internet service providers say that's not the case. However, the FCC did not remove them and they would still count as opposition to the net neutrality rules.

In its first public comments on the issue, Apple urged the FCC on Thursday to preserve strong net neutrality rules.

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Technically, the docket will remain open after the comment deadline. Still, it's best to get your comments on the record before the end of the day tomorrow. That's the current net neutrality approach that Pai - with the backing of companies like AT&T and Comcast - hopes to scrap.

"The telecom industry's own study essentially shows what almost all other polling on this issue has shown: that they are getting trounced when it comes to public opinion, and people from across the political spectrum overwhelmingly agree that they don't want their ISPs to have control over what they can see and do on the Internet", Evan Greer, campaign director of open internet advocacy group Fight for the Future said. Those rules treat regulation of internet more like that of a public utility such as water or electricity and prohibit broadband providers such as Verizon and Comcast from creating a tiered system of access, the Guardian reported on Wednesday. The Internet Association, a trade group of Silicon Valley's largest companies, also wrote a letter in support of net neutrality. "However, until a permanent framework is in place, the FCC can and should ensure a durable backstop and maintain core open internet protections through one or more of the options outlined in our comments and the comments of others". "We work hard to build great products, and what consumers do with those tools is up to them - not Apple, and not broadband providers", Apple said in its comment.

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