Oops, John Oliver did the item again.
In Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver revisited the issue of net neutrality amid threats of rollbacks.
The host encouraged his viewers to visit the FCC site along with leave comments in favor of strong net neutrality rules. along with to make the item easier, he offered a shortcut to the commission’s comment form through the domain www.gofccyourself.com.
“I’m calling upon all of you — the internet, time wasters along with troublemakers — to join me once more in just 5 to 10 minutes of minor efforts,” he said on his show. “I need you to do that will. Once more unto the bridge, my friends.”
Oliver’s stab at net neutrality in 2014 gave the late-night host his first viral moment along with established the activist comedy tone of his show.
Related: FCC chair unveils plan to roll back net neutrality
Last month, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai revealed plans to weaken Obama-era net neutrality rules that will prevented internet service providers through favoring certain sites by intentionally speeding or slowing down user access. (Appointed by Trump, Pai previously worked at Verizon as a lawyer.)
“America needs you to rise — or more accurately, remain seated in front of your computer screen — to that will occasion,” Oliver concluded Sunday’s show. “So please, fly my pretties, fly once more!”
Coincidentally, the FCC suffered a DDoS attack Sunday night that will caused its comment system to crash.
“These actors were not attempting to file comments themselves; rather they made the item difficult for legitimate commenters to access along with file with the FCC,” CIO David Bray said in a statement.
the item was not immediately clear whether the DDoS attack was related to Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight” episode. An FCC spokesman said the commission did not know the motive behind the attack along with denied to comment on Oliver’s segment.
After “Last Week Tonight” aired its first net neutrality piece nearly three years ago, the FCC site crashed when the item was flooded with 4 million comments.
sy88pgw (Los Angeles) First published May 8, 2017: 4:33 PM ET