John Oliver crashes FCC website after net neutrality show

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On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver spoke at length about net neutrality, and the viewer response totally brought down the FCC website.

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai has been getting a lot of flak as of late. He found himself taking the brunt of John Oliver’s newest take down on Sunday night’s Last Week Tonight on HBO. It’s all because of the FCC’s new policies which are set to scale back net neutrality, and Oliver definitely let him have it.

But the FCC would end up facing more than just Oliver’s comments. On the program, Oliver told viewers to visit the website There, they’d be able to direct comments straight to the FCC over these net neutrality issues. Well, it appears that a bit too many people followed Oliver’s advice.

After the segment aired on Sunday night, the FCC website went down. One can assume all of the traffic was too much for their servers to handle. When you consider that all of these messages are people ripping the FCC over their new plans, hopefully they’ll get the message loud and clear.

Additionally, the FCC claims that they were also victimized by a cyberattack. Needless to say, whether it’s people filing their complaints the right way, or hackers taking it a step further, it’s obvious that the American public isn’t going to tolerate these bogus new policies.

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We’ll see how much this ultimately affects the FCC’s plans moving forward. Hopefully it actually makes a difference.