John Oliver was incandescent on the subject of Net Neutrality, Time Warner and Comcast on Saturday, and he has a new, less-boring term for Net Neutrality: "Cable Company Fuckery." This is not only brilliant, it's hilarious. John Oliver is a perfect blend of Jon Stewart and Charlie Brooker. A reminder: you can reach out and touch the FCC on the subject of Cable Company Fuckery, and EFF can explain how to do it.
Some other observations from last night’s neutrality piece…
• On Internet Fast Lanes:
“If we let cable companies offer two speeds of service, they won’t be Usain Bolt and Usain Bolt on a motorbike. They’ll be Usain Bolt and Usain Bolted-to-an-anchor.”
• On the Rare Cooperation Between Consumer Advocates & Major Tech Companies:
“What’s being proposed is so egregious, activists and corporations have been forced onto the same side. That’s basically Lex Luthor knocking on Superman’s apartment door and going, ‘Listen, I know we have our differences but we have got to get rid of that asshole in apartment 3-B.”
•On the Appointment of Former Cable/Wireless Industry Front Man Tom Wheeler As FCC Chair:
“The guy who used to run the cable industry’s lobbying arm is now running the agency tasked with regulating it. That is the equivalent of needing a babysitter and hiring a dingo.”
• On the Notion that the Comcast/TWC Merger is Okay Because the Companies Don’t Overlap:
“You can’t reduce competition when nobody is competing. You could not be describing a monopoly more clearly if you were wearing a metal while driving a metal car after winning second prize in a beauty contest.”
John Oliver Suggests Renaming “Net Neutrality” To “Cable Company F*ckery” [Chris Morran/Consumerist]
I’ve been going to O’Reilly conferences since the first P2P conference in 2001; for 15 years, they’ve been blowing my mind.
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