Concerned about net neutrality in the aftermath of the FCC’s proposed broadband re-classification? HBO’s John Oliver is right there with you – and he's asking us all to take action.
With broadband soon to be reclassified as a Title I information service, Oliver has once again used his Last Week Tonight platform to break down net neutrality for viewers. The comedian first touched upon the subject during the program’s debut season, in an acclaimed segment that galvanized audience support for the cause.
Way back in 2014, Oliver urged fans of internet freedom to flood the FCC’s commenting system with demands that the Commission preserve net neutrality by voting in favor of more effective regulation. The call-to-troll worked: more than 45,000 commenters hit up the FCC, completely crashing the website’s feedback system.
In February 2015, the FCC re-classed broadband as a Title II telecommunications service, enforcing net neutrality protections and making the World Wide Web a happier place for all. The new classification worked to prevent internet service providers from favoring partnered sites or services by creating ‘fast lanes’, i.e. slowing traffic to competing websites.
However, as with many Obama-era consumer protections, the ‘internet conduct standard’ preserving net neutrality is in danger. Enter John Oliver and Last Week Tonight, which has set up an easy way for viewers to fight against the changes via the FCC’s comment portal:
By visiting GoFCCYourself.com, internet freedom fighters can jump straight to the feedback section for the FCC’s proposed new ruling. Follow the link, click on ‘+ New Filing / + Express’, and tell the FCC exactly what you think of Chairman Ajit Pai’s decision to flout net neutrality in the name of pandering to corporations.
Since Oliver’s Sunday night segment, commenters have already overloaded the FCC with responses, crashing the site in a repeat of the 2014 call to action. However, FCC.gov appears to be back up and running, so if you’re ready to fight for a free and open internet, now is the time to make your voice heard.
To paraphrase Oliver: if you’ve got time to meme, time to creep on a total stranger’s Instagram, or time to read this very article, then you definitely have the two minutes required to let the FCC know how you feel about the potential for ISPs to use their power to manipulate your internet access. Fly, my pretties, fly!
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