FCC’s public-comment system overloaded with "unusually heavy traffic" on Monday
According to a Mashable report, "unusually heavy traffic" overloading the public-comment system of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday, shortly after comedian John Oliver's 13-minute-long Net Neutrality rant on Sunday.
On his TV program late Sunday night, Oliver urged his viewers to protest against the FCC's proposed Net neutrality regulations; and commenters responded to his request in such huge numbers that the FCC's online commenting system suffered a downtime for "a few hours" because of extraordinarily high traffic.
Despite the fact that the system was restored by the FCC on Monday, reports revealed that it still appears to be somewhat sluggish.
The Mashable report, citing the figures shared by the FCC's press secretary Kim Hart, said that - as an apparent upshot of Oliver's Net Neutrality rant - the FCC's online commenting system received 22,257 comments over the last two days. The figures underscore a whopping number of comments, especially given the fact that, before the weekend, the total number of comments received by the FCC was nearly 25,000.
However, while disclosing the number of comments received online by the FCC in the last two days, Hart also said alongside that "there's really no way of knowing if it was directly caused by [the John Oliver segment];" and added: "The site has experienced lag times like this before due to high volumes of traffic around other hotly debated issues."
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