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Short Take: FCC extends deadline


The Federal Communications Commission has extended until Friday the deadline for the public to comment on a proposal to charge Internet access fees to Internet service providers. Some Baby Bells are lobbying for the fees to help pay for upgrades to their network and ease Net gridlock. An FCC spokeswoman said the agency has received more than 80,000 emails on the plan, including many "no votes" from a form letter circulating around the Net, and the flood temporarily caused a server to go out last week. As reported, the FCC is expected to turn down the proposal.