Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai should expect some tough questions at a Senate hearing this week.
Last week, the agency’s inspector general released a report into an incident last year in which the FCC’s servers became unavailable during the comment period over Pai’s repeal of the agency’s net-neutrality rules.
At the time of the outage, Pai and the FCC told Congress and the public that it had been caused by a cyberattack.
The report found no evidence to back that assertion.In fact, investigators believed agency officials made false statements to Congress, and referred the case to federal prosecutors.
The incident could play into a court case filed by activists seeking to overturn Pai’s repeal.
Fight for the Future, the digital rights group that first challenged the FCC’s dubious claims of a DDoS attack, issued the following statement, which can be attributed to Deputy Director Evan Greer:
“Ajit Pai is an embarrassment. We knew he was lying about his reasons for killing net neutrality, but now we know his agency also lied to Congress, journalists, and the public about something as serious as a cyber attack. He may well be the Republican party’s biggest liability in the midterm elections. Lawmakers are rightly demanding answers. But they should also act immediately to overrule Ajit Pai’s corrupt gutting of net neutrality, by signing the discharge petition and passing the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to reverse the repeal.”