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David McCabe May 8, 2017
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FCC says pro-net neutrality forces didn't break comment system

AP

The FCC says members of the public had trouble filing comments with the agency on Sunday and early Monday morning because of a cyberattack — not, as some had speculated online, an influx of pro-net neutrality comments.

Why it matters: FCC Chief Information Officer David Bray said that the so-called distributed denial of service attacks began "on Sunday night at midnight," which was about half an hour after comedian John Oliver encouraged viewers of his HBO show to file comments with the FCC supporting strict net neutrality rules. Many online interpreted the malfunctions in the comment system as being triggered by an influx of traffic produced by Oliver's plea.