An investigation conducted by the Inspector General shows that the FCC never suffered from a DDoS attack last year, as it claimed, when the agency began accepting public comments about its plans to neuter net neutrality. Instead, the system was overwhelmed by those wishing to voice their opinions. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai blamed the issue on the “prior administration.” FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel didn’t pull any punches. “The Inspector General Report tells us what we knew all along: the FCC’s claim that it was the victim of a DDoS attack during the net neutrality proceeding is bogus. What happened instead is obvious — millions of Americans overwhelmed our online system because they wanted to tell us how important internet openness is to them and how distressed they were to see the FCC roll back their rights. It’s unfortunate that this agency’s energy and resources needed to be spent debunking this implausible claim.” Under Pai’s leadership, the FCC’s net neutrality rulez were nixed in June.
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