Former Daily Show correspondent John Oliver broke the Federal Communications Commission’s public commenting system on Monday, with the help of about 45,000 internet trolls.
The host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight went on a 13-minute tirade against the FCC for their habit of trying to fix things that aren’t broken. The net neutrality scare has been going on for a while now, and Oliver asked that the trolls of the internet do something positive for once and channel their indiscriminate rage at the FCC.
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“For once in your lives, focus your indiscriminate rage in a useful direction. Seize your moment, my lovely trolls!”
This resulted in 45,000 comments on the FCC’s public commenting system, plus another 300,000 emails that were sent to a special email inbox that was set up in late April specifically for the purpose of net neutrality comments.
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As we’ve mentioned before, the death of net neutrality would most likely mean that internet service provider behemoth’s like Comcast and Time Warner could charge extra for internet fast lanes, thereby killing off startup companies who can’t afford to send out their information through the faster channels.
While the fight has been looking very bleak for net neutrality, we can only hope that Oliver’s new support will help the internet win the war.
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If you’re an internet troll and are angry about the FCC messing with net neutrality, the current commenting period runs through June 27.
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