The Federal Communications Commission says its web site was hit with an online attack in the last weekend, Sunday night. It was at about the same time HBO's John Oliver urged viewers to go to the site to post comments in support of current net neutrality regulations.
"These were deliberate attempts by external actors to bombard the FCC’s comment system with a high amount of traffic to our commercial cloud host," FCC Chief Information Officer David Bray said in an announcement. Even if the FCC's comment system remained operational, it was prevented from responding to people attempting to submit comments. It’s all again about the net neutrality: Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all legal content and applications equally and not block or slow content. The rules passed in 2015. This seems to not be the goal of all Internet providers participants at the “Internet party.” Public comments are needed to show support. It’s not clear yet who initiated the DDoS attack that prevented comments from being submitted. An investigation is ongoing. “(...) The agency should act immediately to ensure that voices of the public are not being silenced as it considers a move that would affect every single person that uses the Internet," said Evan Greer, campaign director for Fight for the Future, a non-profit organization that supports free expression on the Net.