The U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) has extended the deadline to Dec. 6, 2010 for comments to be filed in response to a “notice of inquiry” (NOI) focused on “issues related to the global free flow of information on the Internet.”
The DoC’s Internet Policy Task Force announced the extension of the comments deadline in a Federal Register notice posted Nov. 18. The original closing date for comments had been Nov. 15, 2010, which was listed in a Federal Register notice posted on Sept. 29, 2010.
In the Sept. 29 NOI, the DoC said “it is is examining issues related to the global free flow of information on the Internet. Specifically, the department seeks public comment from all stakeholders, including the commercial, academic, and civil society sectors, on government policies that restrict information flows on the Internet.
“The task force seeks to understand why these restrictions have been instituted; what, if any, impact they have had on innovation, economic development, global trade and investment; and how best to address negative impacts. After analyzing the comments responding to this notice, the department intends to publish a report which will contribute to the administration’s domestic policy and international engagement on these issues.” Comments can be filed electronically by e-mail to email@example.com. Submissions should be in one of the following formats: HTML, ASCII, Word, rtf, or pdf.
The address to send paper comments is National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room 4701, Washington, DC 20230. Please note that all material sent via the U.S. Postal Service (including “Overnight” or “Express Mail”) is subject to delivery delays of up to two weeks due to mail security procedures. Paper submissions should also include a CD or DVD in Word, WordPerfect, or pdf format. CDs or DVDs should be labeled with the name and organizational affiliation of the filer, and the name of the word processing program used to create the document.
Comments filed in response to this notice will be made available to the public on the Internet Policy Task Force Web page. For this reason, comments should not include confidential, proprietary, or business sensitive information.
For further information about the comment deadline extension, contact Chris Hemmerlein, Office of International Affairs, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room 4706, Washington, DC 20230; by telephone at (202) 482-1885; or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.