British comedian John Oliver cheers FCC’s net neutrality regulation

By Yaël Ossowski  / March 3, 2015  /

After pushing Americans to contact the FCC and lobby to make the Internet a public utility under Title II, British comedian John Oliver used part of his HBO show
Monday to celebrate the regulation and his effort to implement it.

“Yes! Cable and telephone companies will not be allowed to create a
two-tired fast lane and slow lane on the Internet,” said Oliver in the
opening speech of his program Last Week Tonight.

Oliver says after the decision “consumers and entrepreneurs are happy,” and went on to criticize Verizon for releasing a response to the classification in Morse code,
seemingly poking fun at the use of 1930s regulation on the Internet
(Disclaimer: I’m a certified Amateur Radio Operator with a General

“Changing a platform that has been so successful should be done, if
at all, only after careful policy analysis, full transparency, and by
the legislature, which is constitutionally charged with determining
policy,” said Verizon in a translated version of their statement produced in Morse Code. “As a result, it is likely that history will judge today’s actions as misguided.”

Oliver’s simplification of the FCC regulations, still not available
to the public, demonstrates he has certainly bought in to the arguments
push many groups funded by the Ford Foundation, which sought a greater regulatory control of the Internet by the government.

“Net neutrality is about keeping providers from picking and choosing
whose voices get heard,” said Oliver. “Ensuring that the Internet
remains a democratic space for all messages.”

Watch the video here:

Yaël Ossowski is a journalist, writer, and consumer advocate. His writings and interviews have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online outlets across the world in multiple languages. He is the founder and editor of Devolution Review and deputy director at the Consumer Choice Center. He was previously a national investigative reporter at He has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) from the CEVRO Institute in Prague, and a Bachelor's in Political Science from Concordia University, Montreal. He currently splits his time between Vienna, Austria and Charlotte, North Carolina.
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