The FCC Is Full of Shit
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission fired back against negative coverage of its response to a public records request filed by Gizmodo in May.
“Media reports claiming that the FCC lacks written documentation of its analysis of the May 7-8 non-traditional DDoS attack that took place against our electronic comment filing system are categorically false,” FCC spokesman Brian Hart said in a press release.
Hart’s statements were circulated to reporters shortly after Gizmodo reached out to the agency regarding unpublished comments by Senator Ron Wyden, who, in an email, had expressed disapproval over the agency’s handling of the alleged cyberattacks that overwhelmed its public comment website this spring. The FCC website faced a barrage of traffic on May 8 after comedian John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, asked his viewers to submit comments to the agency in support of Obama-era rules enforcing net neutrality. The regulations make it illegal for ISPs to block or slow traffic to certain websites and services.