Did HBO’s John Oliver Crash the FCC’s Comment System?

Jun 4, 2014  •  Post A Comment

After John Oliver spoke about net neutrality on his HBO show “Last Week Tonight” and urged viewers to lodge protests on the FCC’s website, the agency’s comments system crashed, reports Lisa de Moraes at Deadline.com.

An FCC representative said it was not clear whether the disruption on Monday was caused by Oliver’s prompt, the story notes. On his show, Oliver told viewers that the FCC is run by Tom Wheeler, a former lobbyist for the cable industry, which he compared to hiring a dingo to babysit a child.

Oliver also spoke about how cable companies want to create different playing fields for Internet speeds, and that the push isn’t being covered by most news outlets.

“I would like to address Internet commenters out there directly. Good evening, monsters,” Oliver said. “This may be the moment you’ve spent your whole lives training for. … For once in your life, we need you to channel that anger — that badly spelled bile that you normally reserve for unforgivable attacks on actresses you seem to think have put on weight, or politicians that you disagree with, or photos of your ex-girlfriend getting on with her life. … We need you to get out and, for once in your lives, focus your indiscriminate rage in a useful direction. Seize your moment, my lovely trolls, turn on caps lock, and fly my pretties, fly, fly!”

Here's a video of the segment from Oliver's show:

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