HBO’s host John Oliver brought down the Federal Communications Commission’s website Sunday while skewering Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to scale back net neutrality rules.
Shortly after Trump’s election, Pai indicated that a top priority under the new administration would be dismantling net neutrality, virtually killing the open internet.
Well, the “Last Week Tonight” host ripped the chairman’s proposals and then directed viewers to visit a website with the name gofccyourself.com. That site takes users directly to a page where they can file comments to the FCC on net neutrality.
After the new address was unveiled, the FCC’s website went down, presumably because of the high volume of traffic resulting from the show. As of Monday morning, the website was still operating more slowly than usual.
Oliver challenged Pai and telecommunications companies that argue net neutrality would inhibit broadband investment, noting comments Verizon made to its investors.
“Maybe the best way to gauge Title II’s impact is to listen to what cable companies told their own investors, to who they are legally obligated to tell the truth,” Oliver said before quoting a Verizon executive, who said on an earnings call in 2014 that net neutrality “does not influence the way we invest.”
Oliver also called into question the numbers that Pai routinely refers to when discussing decreased net neutrality investment.
This is the second time Oliver has highlighted the FCC. The first time resulted in thousands of comments being filed on net neutrality and also slowed the site.