Dan Weiser, spokesman for the House Chief Administrative Officer, said the chamber’s Web server has experienced “an increase in Web traffic ... which caused delays for some users.”
Although Weiser was unable to confirm a connection between the online protests and the at-times debilitating increase in traffic, the spike occurred as many protesting websites were encouraging visitors to contact their representatives in Congress.
Senate websites seemed to be experiencing similar delays. Although some websites appeared to be operating as normal, websites and contact forms belonging to PIPA supporters, such as Sen. Bob Corker (R–Tenn.), took longer than usual to load or did not load at all. The Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, whose office oversees Senate.gov websites, did not respond to requests for comment.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.