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VIRAL: John Oliver Speech on Net Neutrality Floods FCC

The agency is seeking public comment on new ISP rules


The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) website proved no match for fans of HBO’s John Oliver.

After delivering an impassioned rant on the need for net neutrality on his Last Week Tonight show on Sunday, John Oliver encouraged viewers to go to the FCC’s website and leave a comment on proposed new rules that critics say would effective end net neutrality. The FCC website was promptly flooded with so much feedback that it crashed for a few hours on Monday, Variety notes.

Proponents of net neutrality have attacked rules proposed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, which they say will give internet service providers too much leeway in determining what online content gets prioritized delivery over their networks. The FCC is currently consider public comments on the proposed rules.

The John Oliver pro-net neutrality rant has since gone viral online, garnering more than 700,000 views.

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