John Oliver: Stop Calling It Net Neutrality; It's 'Preventing Cable Company F**kery'
from the a-bit-more-on-target dept
In last night’s John Oliver show (technically “Last Week Tonight”), his “top story” was all about net neutrality. This is both surprising (because the issue has received little mainstream attention) and awesome, because it needs much more mainstream attention.
Not surprisingly, it’s both insightful and hilariously funny. He mocks how the FCC has made the issue sound incredibly boring. He mocks telco industry lawyers claiming it’s “not about fast lanes and slow lanes” but “fast lanes and hyperspeed lines.” Oliver summarized that quote simply as “bullshit.” He shows this graphic
of Netflix’s speed on Comcast before and after it agreed to pay up, and directly compares it to a mafia shakedown. He highlights how the broadband companies (though he unfortunately lumps telco companies in as “cable companies”) have basically bought off Washington DC, amusingly comparing an FCC run by a former lobbyist regulating the cable industry to an Australian couple hiring a dingo to babysit.
And, finally, he has an amusing call to action for “internet commenters” who he suggests have been training their whole lives for this moment, when the FCC has asked people for comments on its proposal. It’s just too bad he pointed them directly at the confusing FCC.gov site, rather than the EFF’s much better interface at DearFCC.org.
Either way, it’s great to see Oliver take on this issue in an amusing way — and hopefully it will spur more people to speak up on the issue.
Filed Under: broadband, cable companies, fast lanes, john oliver, lobbying, net neutrality, open internet, politics
Companies: at&t, comcast, time warner cable, verizon