Senators want FBI to find out who attacked net neutrality comment system
By Jon Brodkin
Five Democratic senators today asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to find out who was behind attacks on the Federal Communications Commission’s public commenting system. The FCC website failed on May 8 just as many people were trying to submit comments on the commission’s plan to gut net neutrality rules.
“The public comment period associated with the FCC’s rulemaking authority is a critical part of the regulatory process and the primary way for the American people to make their voices heard,” senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) wrote in a letter to FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe. “The reported cyberattack on the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System is extremely troubling given that it threatens to stiﬂe the public’s ability to weigh in on these issues.”
“We ask that the FBI prioritize this matter and investigate the source of this attack,” the senators also wrote. “This particular attack may have denied the American people the opportunity to contribute to what is supposed to be a fair and transparent process, which in turn may call into question the integrity of the FCC‘s rulemaking proceedings.”
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