John Oliver And His Followers Just Took Down The FCC's Website


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Former Daily Show correspondent John Oliver's new HBO comedy news show Last Week Tonight has been stirring up a lot of buzz lately.

On last Sunday night's episode, Oliver took a page from fellow comedy news anchor Stephen Colbert's book and initiated a social media movement against the FCC that ended up crashing their website.

During the epic climax of his 13-minute rant on net neutrality, Oliver urged internet commenters to "once in your lives, focus your indiscriminate rage in a useful direction" by posting in the FCC website's comment section under the title “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet.”

The best piece on #NetNeutrality I have seen yet: Last Week Tonight with #JohnOliver http://t.co/fOodPh2ykb

— Nick Shields (@NickGShields) June 3, 2014

#JohnOliver has produced the most relevant, understandable and hilarious #NetNeutrality piece. View it. Take action. http://t.co/MMyFaBOwhd

— Aaron Poffenberger (@akpoff) June 3, 2014

Oliver's tough love plea seemed to work, judging by these two tweets the FCC posted yesterday:

We’ve been experiencing technical difficulties with our comment system due to heavy traffic. We’re working to resolve these issues quickly.

— The FCC (@FCC) June 2, 2014

We’re still experiencing technical difficulties with our comment system. Thanks for your patience as we work to resolve the issues.

— The FCC (@FCC) June 2, 2014

According to Time magazine, the FCC's comment section currently has "over 47,000 comments and counting." The open commenting period runs from May 15th to June 27th and will be part of what the FCC takes into consideration when making their final decision on net neutrality around the end of this year.