Electronic comment database is experiencing heavy load. The site is up and our IT team is examining options to scale the load.—
The FCC (@FCC) July 15, 2014
The proposal at issue would allow internet providers to charge content companies for more direct connections to their customers. These so-called “fast lanes” have sparked a vehement reaction from internet activists, who claim that the new policy could turn the web into a plutocracy where companies that are willing to shell out cash receive premium treatment.
That spike at the beginning of June can be attributed to John Oliver, the comedian who went on a rant last month on his HBO show, urging users to submit comments to the FCC. The subsequent traffic crashed the FCC’s site last month.