John Oliver shut down the FCC’s website after an important rant on his new HBO show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. In a perfectly executed 13 minute rant he explains the controversy and lets viewers know how they can voice their displeasure to the FCC. This directly affects you, it’s worth watching.
Oliver turned a negative into a positive by conjuring legions of disgruntled internet commenters to answer the FCC’s solicitation of public comment about the issue at fcc.gov/comments. Well, the internet listened, following Oliver’s rant the FCC’s website went down because their servers could not handle the increase in traffic.
We’ve been experiencing technical difficulties with our comment system due to heavy traffic. We’re working to resolve these issues quickly.
— The FCC (@FCC) June 2, 2014
The issue at hand is that this topic is too boring for the news outlets to feature. An unequal playing field for internet speeds is trying to be created and that directly affects what matters most, the money in your pocket. Keeping net neutrality would mean that Internet service providers and governments treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication. In other words, the Internet Service Providers cannot lock us into more ridiculously expensive packages or charge a premium for faster service.
Net neutrality regulations could have the power to stifle or preserve technological innovation and freedom of speech, as well as influence how quickly you get emails, whether your Netflix streams buffer, and how much you pay for Internet connection and services that exist there.
Seriously, you really want to see this message every time you try to watch something on Netflix?
Damn the man, save the Empire!
By: Pat Hanavan