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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, @07:12PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:12PM (#507057)

    Do you understand the word "oxymoron"?

    military intelligence
    jumbo shrimp
    lefty liberal

    A Liberal is fine with Capitalism and just wants to redistribute wealth after folks have aggregated that.
    (I'd say "earned", except that there are a bunch of folks who receive money without producing anything.)

    A Leftist seeks to make a system where redistribution is unnecessary because of Democracy in the Workplace:
    In that system, only workers own the means of production and they democratically make the decisions about
    - what will be produced
    - where it will be produced
    - how it will be produced
    - what will be done with the profits

    That's nothing like Liberalism (which is still on the Right-hand side of the political divide--on a palate that is still NOT one-dimensional).

    -- OriginalOwner_ []

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:19PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @07:19PM (#507062)

    Don't blame him that all the Communists in US self-identify as Liberals. It confuses everyone. But the main problem is the Communists are truly not self-aware, so they have no idea that they are influenced by Marxist ideology.

    • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @08:48PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 09 2017, @08:48PM (#507113)

      all the Communists in US self-identify as Liberals

      How could you possibly have swallowed so much shit and not be dead?

      First, the "Communists" in the USA aren't Communists.
      They can -call- themselves whatever they want, but until they achieve Democracy in the Workplace--or are at least working hard to achieve that, they aren't even Socialists.

      ...and Communism follows widespread Socialism.

      ...and if you thinks that there is ANY overlap between Communists and Liberals, you have clearly been consuming Lamestream Media's still-stuck-on-stupid Cold War bullshit.
      Stop that. It's turning your brain into mush.

      -- OriginalOwner_ []