On Net Neutrality or “Preventing Cable Company F**kery”

Net Neutrality is one of those subjects that is so boring, and yet so perilous, that regular people often hesitate to take it on. You know who’s not scared? John Oliver. In this bravura thirteen minute video, miraculously uninterrupted by commercials or anything, really, except his own jokes (and the cute dimples that come out when he makes them), Oliver lays out:

– what net neutrality is

– why an unholy alliance of corporations like Google, Facebook, and Apple and activists everywhere are for it and yet it’s still in danger, because the Cable Cabal is stronger than everyone short of the Lightning God Thor

– and what we can do to help. Hint: It doesn’t involve a hashtag.

For more, see Vox.

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A-M (#4,317)

AND, when everyone did do something the FCC website crashed. Go John Oliver!

garysixpack (#4,263)

Marc Andreesen: “So, I think the net neutrality issue is very difficult. I think it’s a lose-lose. It’s a good idea in theory because it basically appeals to this very powerful idea of permissionless innovation. But at the same time, I think that a pure net neutrality view is difficult to sustain if you also want to have continued investment in broadband networks. If you’re a large telco right now, you spend on the order of $20 billion a year on capex. You need to know how you’re going to get a return on that investment. If you have these pure net neutrality rules where you can never charge a company like Netflix anything, you’re not ever going to get a return on continued network investment — which means you’ll stop investing in the network. And I would not want to be sitting here 10 or 20 years from now with the same broadband speeds we’re getting today. So the challenge, I think, is to accommodate both of those goals, which is a very difficult thing to do. And I don’t envy the FCC and the complexity of what they’re trying to do.”

N.B. Netflix and Youtube are more than 50% of peak Internet traffic.

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