One thing is certain, comedian John Oliver is passionate about net neutrality. Inviting its viewers to bomb the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website with comments resulted in a tsunami of complaints, which blocked the site. This, apparently, is not the first time that a passionate advocacy of Oliver to his audience has caused a breakdown in the FCC.
Back in 2014, the Democratic-controlled FCC looked at the issues and theory of ISPs charged to pay for things like faster service. John Oliver’s passionate advocacy for his involvement led to the crash of the FCC site. Since then, the FCC has improved the site, but not well enough to cope with the latest deluge.
The host of the HBO network is not circumspect as to who is the object of its fervor FCC. At the time, he talked about the FCC president, Democrat Tom Wheeler, as a “dingo” to even consider giving ISPs such pricing power. Perhaps in part as a result of Oliver’s allegations on the subject, Wheeler finally published rules prohibiting paid express lanes.
Regarding what John Oliver thinks of today’s FCC and his Republican president, Ajit Pai, just look at the URL on which he leads his followers to protest against the proposed rule changes – gofccyourself .com. The previous debate on net neutrality has made four million comments, but there is still much time to break this record. Already 80,000 comments were received in just a few days.
The rhetoric was raised because the ante was also raised. Now the debate is whether the network neutrality rules should exist at all. At the very least, the rules for the reclassification of broadband companies as public services under Title II will surely be reversed. For its part in the saga, Pai nourished passions with its scandalous oratory.
He does not talk about words when he says that network neutrality rules “days are numbered” and that he intends to bring a “weed drummer” to various FCC regulations – language That Oliver opines is “rather harmful”, as “a serial advocacy.” “This is certainly not a language suited to a president of the government agency.” Oliver added,
“When the Code of Federal Regulations looks at his window at night, there is just Ajit Pai, silently holding his striking grass waiting for his chance.”
Oliver cited the fact that Pai was a Verizon corporate lawyer and that his definition of Wheeler’s rules as a brake on investment in infrastructure was false:
“What he basically suggests is that as soon as Title II came in, the companies said,” Fk, investing in infrastructure is too difficult now, we do not do it anymore. Cable out of the ground, we go back to the telegraph. “
To strengthen his business, Oliver referred to a past event where Verizon, AT & T and T-Mobile prevented Google Wallet from being installed on their phones as it directly competed with their own payment application system, Isis .
The problem faced by adherents of a truly free Internet is that their voices are too few and their outrage does not seem to be reflected in the ballot box when the election days roll. Unfortunately, the television audience is relatively small and very liberal, so does not reflect the broad popular consensus. If that were the case, we would not be in this position now.
The reasons for this are far too much to address in this article. Suffice it to say that the question of network neutrality should be bipartisan. After all, whether a Democrat or a Republican, a Liberal or a Conservative, you have a vested interest in a fast, free and innovative Internet.