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Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Extended As FCC Website Crashes
Fueled in part by John Oliver’s hilarious invocation for U.S. netizens to save the Internet from a dingo, the Federal Communications Commission had over 700,000 comments offered in response to their latest Net Neutrality proposal. A large surge of comments on the final comment day (July 15) caused the FCC website to crash a second time and led to an extension of the deadline to today. BuzzFeed has a feature on the funniest comments submitted, while the Internet Law Center’s comments can be found here.
Anniversary of the Establishment of the District of Columbia
On this day in 1790, the District of Columbia was established as the capital of the United States by the Residence Act.
Eleven years later, President John Adams signed the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1801 that placed the District of Columbia under the jurisdiction of Congress. At that time, Washington, D.C. was a city of 3,200 people, but the District of Columbia included Georgetown and Alexandria, Virginia and combined the city had a population of nearly 11,000 which made it the 6th largest city in the United States. The Organic Act made those citizens “stateless” and Washington residents:
- would not be able to vote for President until 163 years later.
Thirty-three Presidents (from Jefferson to Kennedy) were elected without any vote from District residents.
- would not have a representative in Congress until 169 years later
(even though Puerto Rico has had one since 1898)
- would not elect a Mayor for the District until 173 years later.
Last February, on the anniversary of the Organic Act we had Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District’s non-voting Delegate to Congress, on to discuss Washington’s status as the nation’s last colony. The audio is below.
As a former Washingtonian, I refuse to ignore this now that I reside elsewhere. My annual Fourth of July blog post on DC Voting Rights can be read here.