Wyden, Schatz Urge Pai to Make Alternative Filing Method Available

Sens. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) and Brian Schatz (D., Hawaii) have urged FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to take action to ensure the agency’s electronic comment filing system (ECFS) is capable of “flexible scalability and alternative methods of filing” in time for the July 12 Internet “Day of Action,” which supporters expect will encourage large numbers of individuals to file comments on the FCC’s Internet freedom notice of proposed rulemaking.

They said that they were concerned that a “nontraditional” distributed denial of service (DDos) attack, similar to one the FCC suffered in early May after comedian John Oliver encouraged viewers to register their views on net neutrality with the FCC, might be “planned to disrupt the Day of Action.”  They added, “In case the ECFS is disabled through some new type of attack, it is critical that Americans be able to file a comment using other means.  We request that you make available an alternative mechanism for the public to file a comment including either through the FCC’s own website and/or via a dedicated email address.”

Courtesy TRDaily