When nearly 1.1 million net neutrality comments flooded the Federal Communications Commission this spring into the summer, they came from around the country. But the interest in open-Internet topics doesn't spread out evenly across the United States.

San Francisco-based data analysis firm Quid looked at the geographic sources of the public comments and adjusted them based on state populations. As you can see, California and Washington state are overrepresented, and states in the South and Southwest — notably the deep South — didn't engage as strongly with this issue.

"You're seeing huge kinds of West Coast lean to this with Portland, California and Seattle with most overrepresented constituencies," Quid's Sean Gourley says, of the data. "The South and Texas are being pretty underrepresented."

The West Coast is home to some of the largest and most influential tech companies in the world, so the results may not be surprising. The Verge dug in on the hottest net neutrality cities, in which Washington, D.C., and San Francisco lead the pack.

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