On HBO’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver discussed Net Neutrality using his special brand of sarcasm. Oliver made several comparisons with cable and phone service providers versus Monopoly, the Mob, and Drug Cartels.
Throughout the monologue, Oliver goes on to describe how cable provider, Comcast, is currently the second highest player in the “buying government influence game” to the tune of over $18 million. Defense contractor Northrop Grumman is in the number one slot.
“The internet, in its current form is not broken, and the FCC is currently taking steps, to fix that.”
Oliver goes on to explain what he calls the “Troubling cozy relationship between cable companies and Washington” and the fact that President Barack Obama has been seen golfing with the CEO of Comcast, and that the President had been at a cable company executive’s house so much that he made a funny comment about how much he had been there.
However, the most revealing example of the relationship between Washington and Cable Providers, is that Tom Wheeler, the former top lobbyist for cable and wireless companies, has been announced, by President Obama, as the new chair of the FCC. Oliver called the appointment of Wheeler “The equivalent of needing a babysitter and hiring a Dingo”. You can check out the video, and all of Oliver’s poignant comments, below.
“Net Neutrality”: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
I’m not a political writer, in fact I usually try to avoid politically charged commentary, all together. However, the FCC’s war against Net Neutrality will negatively affect us all. As John Oliver said, the Internet isn’t broken, so why is the FCC trying to fix it? Well, by looking at the near herculean amount of money being pumped into government by cable companies like Comcast, the answer is glaringly obvious.
The FCC is taking public comments for 120 days on Net Neutrality, and you can do your part to stop the cable and phone providers, who are trying to take control of the Internet. At the end of the segment, John Oliver calls for the trolls of the internet to unite and go to fcc.gov/comments to leave your thoughts and comments. He’s right you guys. Turn on your capslock and fly!
Let me know which side you land on, in the comments below.