May 8th, 2017

[Update @ 1928—Oh, this is rich:

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) claimed on Monday that its online comments system was attacked hours after comedian John Oliver called on viewers of his HBO series Last Week Tonight to file comments to urge the agency to protect open internet rules.

The clowns at the FCC wouldn’t know a DoS attack if it punched them in cock holster.]

[Update @ 1618—I finally got through and left this comment:

Under no circumstances should any corporation be allowed to profit from use of the public communication system, specifically the Internet, more than any other corporation, entity, organization or individual.

Net Neutrality means just that: no favor nor special access.

Video views are now at 926,388; likes/dislikes are 71,481/993 and comments are at 4,536.]

And keep those serves crashing by going to gofccyourself.com

Melissa Locker, reporting in John Oliver Wants You to Flood the FCC Website to Save Net Neutrality, Again for Time, writes:

“The Internet is the repository of all human knowledge — and goats singing Taylor Swift songs,” said John Oliver on Last Week Tonight, rejoicing in the fact that the Internet is an incredible place. However, according to Oliver, that is threatened by the Trump administration’s decision to roll back protections for net neutrality.

If you don’t recall the fifth-ever episode of Last Week Tonight, where Oliver also discussed net neutrality, it is the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) cannot limit, slow down access to, or otherwise manipulate the choices that consumers make online by slowing down access to less popular sites. In short, they have to treat all websites as equal. For instance, Ancestry.com and Oliver’s new website, JustTellMeIfImRelatedToANazi.com (which, by the way, directs to the Federal Communications Commission’s site). In short, net neutrality makes the Internet a level playing field. However the Trump administration has decided to roll back Obama-era rules safeguarding net neutrality, which doesn’t surprise Oliver, who also wouldn’t be surprised if “Trump purposefully killed every turkey that Obama ever pardoned.”

The person leading the charge to roll back net neutrality is President Trump’s new FCC Chair, Ajit Pai, a former lawyer for Verizon. According to Oliver, Pai has reportedly suggested that ISPs could simply promise not to obstruct or slow consumer access to websites in their terms of services (those long technical rules that no one reads), and as Oliver notes, “That would make net neutrality as binding as a proposal on The Bachelor.”

Net neutrality could be protected by an act of Congress, but Oliver does not trust this Congress or any Congress to handle such a complex and technical issue. Instead, Oliver believes that anyone who loves the Internet needs to speak up and make sure the FCC knows that net neutrality is important. To make that easy, Oliver bought the website GoFCCYourself.com which leads directly to the FCC’s public comment area.

As of 0606 this morning, the servers are crashed and 165,400 people have viewed the video and 1,333 have left comments on Oliver’s YouTube account.

This is going to be another good day for We The People tired of corporate fuckery.

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