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posted by n1 on Monday June 02 2014, @10:15PM   Printer-friendly
from the if-it-aint-broke,-we'll-find-a-way-to-break-it dept.

This last Sunday night, John Oliver gave us a rare example of pop news covering net neutrality, the associated monopolization, revolving door government appointments and the strong-arming of Netflix.

From The Week:

On Sunday night's Last Week Tonight, Oliver tackled net neutrality, the idea that all legal content on the internet should be served up to your house on a level playing field. The Federal Communications Commission is considering new rules that would allow a two-tiered system. Oliver, like most net neutrality proponents, isn't impressed: "The point is, the internet in its current form is not broken, and the FCC is currently taking steps to fix that."

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 02 2014, @11:38PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 02 2014, @11:38PM (#50455)

    the FCC is currently taking steps to fix that.

    I don't know the intended audience but maybe sarcasm isn't the best way to get the opinion across? It's not really a laughing matter.

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by hybristic on Tuesday June 03 2014, @12:14AM

      by hybristic (10) on Tuesday June 03 2014, @12:14AM (#50468) Journal

      The intended audience makes sarcasm one of the best tools to get the opinion across actually.

    • (Score: 1) by tnt118 on Tuesday June 03 2014, @12:28AM

      by tnt118 (3925) on Tuesday June 03 2014, @12:28AM (#50471)

      See:

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/02/colbert-news-study-campaign-financing_n_5431713.html [huffingtonpost.com]

      "We're Learning More From Stephen Colbert Than The Actual News, Study Says"

      --
      I think I like it here.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 03 2014, @12:30AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 03 2014, @12:30AM (#50472)

      Ever heard of John Oliver before?

      He used to work for The Daily Show (still might, I have no clue).

      He's a comedian.

  • (Score: 4, Informative) by DrMag on Monday June 02 2014, @11:42PM

    by DrMag (1860) on Monday June 02 2014, @11:42PM (#50457)

    Very nicely done on John's part; I've filed my comment with the FCC.

    For being the body that has such a heavy influence on this particular topic, it's rather ironic how poorly their website works. It's slow; please be patient, as these people need to hear our voices and hear them clearly.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 03 2014, @02:37AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 03 2014, @02:37AM (#50498)
      My favorite part is how the form page's [fcc.gov] favicon is the old Sun logo.

      At first I thought it was intentionally bad to discourage submissions, but Hanlon's razor.
    • (Score: 1) by ankh on Tuesday June 03 2014, @05:08AM

      by ankh (754) on Tuesday June 03 2014, @05:08AM (#50531) Homepage

      Amen. Also the FTC website strips out all paragraph breaks. They're not into more than brief comments, I guess.
        I inserted -----P------ separators, hoping the text gets read by someone.
      Good news is, there were 40,000+ comments when I checked, way way way more than any other issue.

      I thought John Oliver did an amazingly good job on this explanation, and made the point that commenting is important.