The Internet is not broken, and the FCC plans to fix that
John Oliver Helps Rally 45,000 Net Neutrality Comments To FCC; Crashes FCC Servers in the process.
Cable companies are trying to create an unequal playing field for internet speeds, but they’re doing it so boringly that most news outlets aren’t covering it.
John Oliver explains the controversy and lets viewers know how they can voice their displeasure to the FCC.
(www.fcc.gov/comments, for any interested parties)
The internet in its current form is not broken, and the FCC is currently taking steps to fix that.
The FCC is promising rule changes that allow cable companies to create fast lanes for some traffic and slow lanes for everyone else who does not pay extra. This also allows them to double bill for the same bandwidth, getting paid by both consumers and businesses, for the same connection.
What has been proposed is so egregious that activists and corporations are forced on the same side. That’s basically Lex Luther knocking on Superman’s apartment door and going “Listen, I know we have our differences, but we have to get rid of that asshole in 3B.”
Even though everyone else but the cable companies is against it, why is this happening?
The guy who used to run the cable industry lobbying arm is now tasked to running the agency tasked with regulating it. That is the equivalent of needing a babysitter, and hiring a dingo.
And the cable companies are hoping you don’t notice, because:
The cable companies have figured out the great truth of America. If you want to do something evil, put it inside something boring. Apple could put the entire text of Mein Kampf inside the iTunes user agreement, and you would just go agree, agree, agree.
The fact is cable companies are monopolies, with most people have two or less choices of high speed internet providers.
You could not be describing a monopoly more clearly if you were wearing a metal top hat, while driving a metal car, after winning second prize in a beauty contest.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Net Neutrality.