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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:50PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @06:50PM (#507040)

    the democratic candidate

    That's one thing.


    That's something entirely different.

    Here's your chance to identify the candidate whom you noticed talking about the collective ownership of the means of production by the workers.

    Hint: Both The Blues and The Reds (who should be colored Confederate gray) are in sync with Crony Capitalism, seek to expand The Police State, and are very much into Imperialism.
    None of those are Leftist positions.

    -- OriginalOwner_ []

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:34PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:34PM (#507071)

    Ok, so maybe not leftist, but I think you agree that they are at least lefter, right?

  • (Score: 2) by ikanreed on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:55PM (1 child)

    by ikanreed (3164) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:55PM (#507084) Journal

    I'm very much aware of the difference. I didn't delineate it in my post. Sorry.

    My attitudes towards hard-left ideologies like Anarcho-whatever and commu-whatever are uncertain: they've sold me on the problems existing, they haven't sold me on their solutions.

    But a revival of such attitudes in the left-leaning part of the US could hypothetically win a lot of the people who feel ignored right now.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @08:37PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @08:37PM (#507106)

      No. Clearly you are not.

      hard-left ideologies like Anarcho-whatever

      You just demonstrated that you are clueless.
      Anarcho-whatever isn't on the Left-Right axis.
      That's 90 degrees opposite. []

      You couldn't possibly be more badly informed about politics.
      "Thinking" in 1 dimension isn't thinking at all.

      "Left" means "Capitalism is a failed system and I reject it".

      -- OriginalOwner_ []