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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, 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 page is almost entirely behind scripts.

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  • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:38PM

    by bob_super (1357) on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:38PM (#507031)

    Zero-rating + low cap = blacklist (or overage fees).

    "You are totally free to watch Netflix or Amazon until your 200MB cap expires. If you watched Comcast programs instead, you would keep all 200MB of your cap for banking, playing and FB. Optionally, you may subscribe to our Gluttony-is-bad plan, which will give you 50GB for $100, or 150GB for $300. Did we mention our Cable package is a cheap $99?"

    That sound in the distance? a Comcast exec jizzing his pants just thinking about it.
    That zero here -> 0 - ? The odds the Comcast would not screw their customers for giant profit, killing Amazon video and Netflix as a bonus.
    Me needs to buy some stocks. Where's my gas mask?

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