John Oliver called for his viewers to rise up against the Federal Communications Commission’s proposed net neutrality rules at the end of an epic, 13-minute rant on Sunday — and commenters responded en masse.
The FCC’s online commenting system went down on Monday for “a few hours” due to “unusually heavy traffic,” the FCC’s press secretary Kim Hart confirmed to Mashable. The system received 22,257 comments over the last two days, almost as many as the FCC had previously received — before the weekend, the total was around 25,000, Hart said.
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Overall, as of Monday, Hart said the FCC has received 64,400 comments, including those sent after the commission put out a public notice on February 19. The 22,257 comments submitted in the last two days, therefore, constitute one third of the total posted on the site in the last few months. The commission has also received 301,000 comments via email. Read more…