A recent Gizmodo report has resurfaced doubts about the FCC's explanation regarding the cause of its website outage in 2017. If you'll recall, that event prevented people from posting comments on chairman Ajit Pai's plan to eliminate net neutrality rules. Pai and a couple of other FCC officials blamed it on a DDoS attack and referenced another outage that happened in 2014, which an anonymous high-level official blamed on the same thing. Back then, the agency (then under Tom Wheeler) called for comments on amended net neutrality guidelines that would allow ISPs to sell access to "fast lanes." By referencing the older incident, the officials are probably saying that the outage wasn't caused by the massive support for net neutrality: the website has long been the target of DDoS attacks. Problem is, former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said the 2014 attack never happened.