John Oliver Causes FCC Comments System to Crash Over Net Neutrality Issue
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.03.2014
Too much traffic...
John Oliver takes the issue of Net Neutrality seriously, and his efforts to make sure that viewers were aware of the implications of new FCC guidelines that would do away with it caused the FCC's comments system to crash. Oliver addressed the proposed FCC guidelines on his HBO show Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, which would essentially loosen restrictions and allow internet service providers to charge higher rates to certain companies in order to deliver content to users.
In the segment, Oliver points out that the FCC is taking public comment on the proposed guidelines and provided the link, urging internet commenters to do what "you've spent your whole lives training for" and express their opinions on the FCC site. The video went viral with over 700,000 views and soon after the FCC comments system went down.
A spokeswoman for the organization told Variety that the comments system was down "for a few hours" due to high traffic on Monday but is up and running. She said it was "unclear if the high volume was directly related to the John Oliver segment."
If you haven't seen the segment, it's well worth watching and actually boils down the rather complex issue to a clear, concise point that gets the whole thing across pretty accurately. Check it out below: