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posted by cmn32480 on Tuesday May 09 2017, @02:21PM   Printer-friendly
from the public-servants-not-serving-the-public dept.

Common Dreams reports

Last Week Tonight host John Oliver on [May 7] issued another powerful rallying cry to save net neutrality protections, and, repeating the outcome of his 2014 plea, his viewers flooded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) site, causing it to temporarily crash.

[...] Oliver said it's worth noting that [FCC Chairman Ajit] Pai is "a former lawyer for Verizon", a company which "won a lawsuit which meant that if the FCC wanted strong, enforceable protection, its only real option was to reclassify the ISPs, and yet he cheerily insists under questioning that there is just not evidence that cable companies were engaging in rampant wrongdoing".

"Title II is the most solid legal foundation we have right now for a strong, enforceable net neutrality protections", Oliver said, and urged "we, the people, [to] take this matter into our own hands".

To that end, Last Week Tonight bought the domain name, which redirects users to the official FCC page[1] where open internet advocates can leave a comment and call for these protections to remain in place. (Oliver notes that it simplifies the commenting process the FCC "has made more difficult since three years ago".)

"Everyone needs to get involved. Comment now, and then maybe comment again when the FCC makes its proposal official. Even call you representative and your senators", Oliver urged.

So successful was the start of his campaign, according to Motherboard, that there was such a high volume of traffic flooding the Federal Communications Commission that the site temporarily went down. As of this writing, it is up and running again.

[1] The page is almost entirely behind scripts.

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  • (Score: 2) by Scruffy Beard 2 on Wednesday May 10 2017, @12:28AM (1 child)

    by Scruffy Beard 2 (6030) on Wednesday May 10 2017, @12:28AM (#507209)

    I wonder if John Oliver called them ahead of time and asked about their API:

    With the opening of a new proceeding on Restoring Internet Freedom, the Commission anticipates
    significant public engagement and a high volume of filings. The Consumer and Governmental Affairs
    Bureau provides this guidance to facilitate public participation and to make commenting easy.
    Those who wish to file individual comments may submit them electronically via the Electronic Comment
    Filing System (ECFS) at [] . However, we anticipate that some may wish to
    submit a large number of comments from multiple individuals, each with the same or similar content. We
    strongly encourage parties who seek to file a large number of comments or 'group' comments to do so
    through the public API
    or the Commission's electronic inbox established for this proceeding, called
    Restoring Internet Freedom Comments at []

    We also ask parties who anticipate submitting group comments to contact us in advance so that we can
    assist with a smooth filing process. You can reach us at and (202) 418-0193.
    We expect that filing group comments through the inbox will be simpler than filing through ECFS. We
    ask commenters to be patient, as there may be some lag time between when filings are made and when
    they appear in ECFS. We assure all timely filers, though, that their submissions will be part of the record
    in this proceeding.

    - Consumer And Governmental Affairs Bureau Guidance On Filing Comments In The Restoring Internet Freedom Proceeding (txt vesion) []

    Looks like his site directs to the individual comment section:

    Individual Comments
    Those who wish to file individual comments should submit them electronically via the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) by going to Proceeding 17-108 at [] and clicking on the "+ Express" link to file an express comment.

    Bulk Comments

    We strongly encourage parties who seek to file a large number of comments or “group” comments to do so through the public API; Documentation on the ECFS Public API is here: []
    In order to ensure that bulk comments on the Restoring Internet Freedom proceeding are properly recorded in ECFS, please use the .CSV template provided below. Failure to use the template will result in bulk uploads being recorded as a single comment. Document content that is not CSV nor text nor an accepted format* may prevent its inclusion in ECFS attachment.

    I have not yet found guidance on what people are supposed to be commenting on...

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  • (Score: 2) by Scruffy Beard 2 on Wednesday May 10 2017, @12:56AM

    by Scruffy Beard 2 (6030) on Wednesday May 10 2017, @12:56AM (#507221)

    Think I may have found the subject of the comments:

    Restoring Internet Freedom– The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
    that would propose to restore the Internet to a light-touch regulatory framework by classifying
    broadband Internet access service as an information service and by seeking comment on the
    existing rules governing Internet service providers’ practices. (WC Docket No. 17-108)


    YouTube gives me "This video is not available." on the original video with 2.6 million views. No reason is given.

    I think if a video is taken down, the view counter is not usually included.