youtu.be / posted on 5 June 2014
Defending Net Neutrality & PREVENTING CABLE COMPANY F*CKERY
Cable companies are trying to create an unequal playing field for internet speeds, but they’re doing it so boringly that most news outlets aren’t covering it…
If there is one video you watch this month, this should be it:
It is 13 minutes of your life which will be well-spent. Because at the end of it, you will actually know what is going on with net neutrality, (or as he calls it, “preventing cable company fuckery”) and exactly what the sleazy deals are behind it, but you will also be laughing your ass off, because John Oliver is hilarious.
Net neutrality is kind of amazing, because destroying it manages to screw over almost everyone.
Small companies get screwed over because they can’t afford to pay off the cable companies to get access to their customers. Oh, you had an idea for a business using the Internet? Well, I hope your business plan includes a few million bucks to pay for your customers to be allowed to reach your site.
Big companies get screwed over because they’re shaken down for (literally) billions of dollars by cable companies — “That’s a nice business you have there. Pity if someone were to make sure your customers could never reach you again” — and that’s assuming that the cable companies don’t see them as competitors (if, say, they were doing something like streaming video…), at which point those companies could just shut them off outright.
People who use the Internet get screwed because the sites they want to connect to can’t pay these extra fees, or are just being shut down outright by the cable companies. What, you wanted to watch a movie tonight? Sorry. Maybe you should have rented it from Comcast, instead, sucker!
In fact, nearly everyone in the entire country gets screwed over by this. So why, you ask, would the government be considering such a thing?
Well. There is one group who doesn’t get screwed over by it at all. Your friends and mine at Comcast, Time-Warner, Verizon, and AT&T. But don’t worry; they have your best interests at heart. And the service guy will be there between 2 and 6.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Step one: Visit FCC.gov/comments and find the proceeding with the title “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet.” It should be the one on top and should also have over 20,000 filings in the last 30 days.
Step Two: Click the proceeding number “14-28.” You can also try to click this direct link, though it might not work every time. This will take you to the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System. It looks a little janky, but hey, the government built it.
Step Three: Fill out the form. Write about your feelings. Express your concerns. Air your grievances. Provide your real name and address. Hope for the best.
Step Four: Click “Continue” and make sure you like what you wrote. If you don’t you can modify your comment. If you do, click “Confirm.”
TAGS: fcc net neutrality john oliver preventing cable company fuckery cable companies internet