The FCC’s site faces net neutrality comment attacks again after John Oliver’s call for action

The FCC’s site faces net neutrality comment attacks again after John Oliver’s call for action
Two years after the Federal Communications Commission passed the net neutrality rules that prevent content providers from paying ISPs for a faster pipeline to customers, the debate about the regulation heated up again in the last month, as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to reverse the regulation introduced by Obama’s administration. And just as it happened before, the FCC’s site faced a massive flood of comments discussing net neutrality after comedian John Oliver called the public for action.

According to Reuters, more than 100,000 comments have been registered since Sunday and temporarily crashed the FCC’s site. Meanwhile, the FCC reported that their site was hit by deliberate “distributed denial-of-service attacks” soon after Oliver invited viewers to oppose Pai’s plan by filing electronic comments with the regulator’s web site during his HBO show "Last Week Tonight" on Sunday. Here's what the FFC statement posted on May 8 says: 

All this brings us back in 2014 when John Oliver mobilized the support for the net neutrality rules using a similar approach and providing the FCC with more than 4 million comments about the matter. Obviously, the discussion is far from over and it becomes a hot topic again, as Pei's plan for revision of the net neutrality regulation is soon to be initially voted – on May 18, during the FCC's monthly meeting.

The advocates of the regulation adopted in 2015 argue that a net neutrality policy is necessary for maintaining the internet as an open platform, equally accessible to all ISPs and websites, while the largest US broadband companies oppose the regulation because it treats them as "common” carriers under the Title II of the Communications Act and subjects the industry to stronger government control. The first see the net neutrality policy as an instrument for economic growth, online innovation and free speech, while the latter reckon it could actually restrain the innovations and lead to decrease in broadband capital investment.

source: Reuters



1. applesnapple93

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2. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Agreed. Also: f**k Ajit Pai. f**k him with serrated sex toys for walruses! That guy is as big a PoS as Trump and as big a corporate shill as Paul Ryan. You know what... f**k the Republican Party in general.

3. willard12 unregistered

You're really starting to come around. I'm proud of the progress you're making.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's not an "attack" when the populace are telling their government officials what they want. The attack is this administration attacking consumer protections, and making the process to communicate opposing views so unwieldy. Thank John Oliver for streamlining the process so our voices can be heard.

6. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1354; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Almost nobody believes that it was an actual "attack". Word on the interwebs is that they made it harder to access the comment system and reduced it's capacity. That's why requests to the FCC have been made asking for public release of their logs to verify that it was an "attack".

5. talon95

Posts: 1009; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I hope he gets a clear message that he will represent the wishes of the American people. If he is dumb enough to sell out to the highest bidder then he'd better be expecting war. Millennials might put up with horrible healthcare, but if you mess with their internet they are likely to go thermonuclear.

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