After net neutrality comment system fails, senators demand answersEnlarge / John Oliver takes on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in net neutrality segment. (credit: HBO Last Week Tonight)
Two Democratic senators are demanding answers from the Federal Communications Commission about its response to distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that temporarily prevented the public from commenting on a controversial proposal to dismantle net neutrality rules.
The FCC’s public comments site struggled for hours Sunday night and Monday after comedian John Oliver called on HBO viewers to write in protest of Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to eliminate the current net neutrality rules.

The FCC issued a statement yesterday attributing the downtime to DDoS attacks, without mentioning the influx of comments caused by Oliver’s show.
The docket is available here. There have been more than 300,000 filings on the net neutrality proposal since Oliver’s show, bringing the total to about 350,000 since the docket opened two weeks ago.

The number would likely be higher if not for the downtime, but this is still an unusually large number of comments for an FCC proceeding.

Comments will be accepted until August 16.
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