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article imageOp-Ed: John Oliver smashes FCC comment system

By Walter McDaniel     Jun 4, 2014 in Politics
After ridiculing the FFC's stance on net neutrality Oliver made an impassioned plea asking the internet "monsters" to contact the FCC. Their comments drowned the government network for over an hour.
Net neutrality is a huge issue for many people. John Oliver proved he is one of those as he made fun of everything from the fact that a lack of competition is killing cable quality to government intervention making the system worse. It was vulgar, jarring and necessary.
The attached video has gone viral all over the world. It now has more than 1 million views and is gaining more traction. People all over the United States want to weigh in on the issue and most of them are on the side against big business. Even other businesses have stood up on the issue.
This was going to be a simple news piece but I must admonish myself as someone who feels very strongly about the issue. Despite a lot of political maneuvering to get bills through, the average person is waking up. If we allow stricter controls by big business and the government on our Internet prices will go up and quality will go down.
The United States already has some of the worst Internet in the entire world — which is even more insulting because on paper we have some of the best. However multiple cable companies claim higher speeds then deliver lower ones, including the one I am using right now. Therefore while the world sees us having some decent speeds in practice we really don't unless you work at say, Google.
Cable companies have massive disclaimers with caps on download speeds in a month, types of download and traffic. If you break any of these they can limit your speed, close ports or even disconnect you permanently. Therefore the "fast" numbers on paper fall apart. Read the disclaimer on your own service if you are American and you may be surprised.
The current bills on the table would allow them to further split net speeds into fast and slow lanes. Which would make a terrible situation into one where some people might as well be using dial-up.
Average people are not the only ones who could be hurt by this. The approach could also give advantages to approved businesses and cut out start-ups which have just come out. This would lead to worse competition in every sector of online business as the top producers would remain on top.
Back to the topic at hand, is it funny that Oliver managed to flood the FCC? Yes. No doubt. However unless even more of us take notice and get involved the bills will be pushed through and we'll see a new era of speeds that defy logic or common sense.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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