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posted by cmn32480 on Tuesday May 09 2017, @02:21PM   Printer-friendly
from the public-servants-not-serving-the-public dept.

Common Dreams reports

Last Week Tonight host John Oliver on [May 7] issued another powerful rallying cry to save net neutrality protections, and, repeating the outcome of his 2014 plea, his viewers flooded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) site, causing it to temporarily crash.

[...] Oliver said it's worth noting that [FCC Chairman Ajit] Pai is "a former lawyer for Verizon", a company which "won a lawsuit which meant that if the FCC wanted strong, enforceable protection, its only real option was to reclassify the ISPs, and yet he cheerily insists under questioning that there is just not evidence that cable companies were engaging in rampant wrongdoing".

"Title II is the most solid legal foundation we have right now for a strong, enforceable net neutrality protections", Oliver said, and urged "we, the people, [to] take this matter into our own hands".

To that end, Last Week Tonight bought the domain name gofccyourself.com, which redirects users to the official FCC page[1] where open internet advocates can leave a comment and call for these protections to remain in place. (Oliver notes that it simplifies the commenting process the FCC "has made more difficult since three years ago".)

"Everyone needs to get involved. Comment now, and then maybe comment again when the FCC makes its proposal official. Even call you representative and your senators", Oliver urged.

So successful was the start of his campaign, according to Motherboard, that there was such a high volume of traffic flooding the Federal Communications Commission that the site temporarily went down. As of this writing, it is up and running again.

[1] The fcc.gov page is almost entirely behind scripts.


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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by DeathMonkey on Tuesday May 09 2017, @05:01PM (5 children)

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Tuesday May 09 2017, @05:01PM (#506978) Journal

    An interesting point in Oliver's coverage was the quote from a Verizon shareholders meeting, by the CEO, where they said Title II regulation had no effect on their expansion/upgrade plans.

    If you lie at a shareholders meeting it's considered fraud and can result in jail time.

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Thexalon on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:29PM (4 children)

    by Thexalon (636) on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:29PM (#507023)

    I do find it fascinating how lying to shareholders is a criminal offense or at least a civil tort, while lying to the press is called "Public Relations", lying to employees is called "Human Resource Management", and lying to the government is called "Regulatory Compliance".

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    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:48PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:48PM (#507037)

      Two words: Fiduciary Duty
      Its such a big deal that Turmp is rolling back the requirement [businessinsider.com] that investment advisors to grandmas be required to meet that same standard.

      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Thexalon on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:52PM

        by Thexalon (636) on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:52PM (#507083)

        I understand full well that what I stated was legally just fine. That doesn't automatically make it moral or logical or reasonable.

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    • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Tuesday May 09 2017, @10:36PM (1 child)

      by DeathMonkey (1380) on Tuesday May 09 2017, @10:36PM (#507166) Journal

      Hey now! I never lied to the government in a compliance situation!

      So.....um......what does lying to Thexalon get? Asking for a friend...

      • (Score: 2) by Thexalon on Wednesday May 10 2017, @12:52AM

        by Thexalon (636) on Wednesday May 10 2017, @12:52AM (#507220)

        Often, an embarrassing reply post.

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