Bot-generated comments swamp FCC, urging overturn of net neutrality

The comments don't appear to be the work of real people

By Grant Gross
May 11, 2017


On Tuesday, Senators Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, and Sen. Brian Schatz, a Hawaii Democrat, sent a letter to the FCC with questions about the apparent DDoS attack.

The two, both supporters of the existing net neutrality rules, asked the FCC to provide details about the attack. "To the extent that the FCC already has evidence suggesting which actor(s) may have been responsible for the attacks, please provide that in your response," they wrote.

The two also asked about the effect on people trying to comment on Pai's proposal. "Do you have an estimate of how many individuals were unable to access the FCC website or submit comments during the attacks?" they asked. "Were any comments lost or otherwise affected?"

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