John Oliver on Net Neutrality - Preventing Cable Company Fu*kery

Last week I wrote about what affects upload and download speeds. As part of the post I mentioned that, ISP policies can have a big bearing on your transfer speeds.

Debates about the Open Internet, Net Neutrality, and Fast Lanes aren’t just academic. They have a direct bearing on the performance of the different sites you visit and web applications you use.

I was going to follow up with a post on Net Neutrality and the importance of joining the debate. Anyone that produces or edits video should care about Net Neutrality because it affects access to the creative tools you use and the performance of your distribution channels.

Chances are my post would have been long and filled with lots of detail. Thankfully, John Oliver has saved me time. The problem with discussions about Net Neutrality is the topic is boring. In his words, "The only two words more boring than Net Neutrality are featuring Sting."

Unfortunately, the cable companies are using this to their advantage. "The cable companies have figured out the great truth of America: If you want to do something evil, put it inside something boring."

Fortunately Oliver opens up the package and exposes how communication companies are stacking the rules in their favor. Watch the video embedded above, it does a great job of explaining the issue and its implications. "Ending net neutrality would allow big companies to buy their way into the fast lane, leaving everyone else in the slow lane." This video is very much worth its 15 minute running time.

He ends the segment by rallying the Internet trolls to help prevent "Cable company fu*kery" by providing feedback at http://fcc.gov/comments.

Now it's your turn to join the "monsters of the Internet" and send your thoughts to the FCC. It's not too late.