This hilarious video by comedian John Oliver sums up the FCC's recent ruling that sets out to pave the way for the telecom companies to abolish the neutral playing field that is currently embodied by the internet. This is an incredibly serious matter that affects us all. Despite the fact that the topic is presented in the video in the easily digestible form of comedy, it does not alter the significance of the ruling and goings-on between the cable company lobbyists and our elected government, all the way on up to President Barack Obama.
Please do what I did, and write to the FCC. Here's what I sent the FCC via their comments page:
I am vehemently against the FCC's ruling on providing telecom companies the ability to discriminately control the speed of delivery of different content providers' data to consumers. It is both ridiculous and harmful to the public good.
I am also opposed to President Obama's appointment of Tom Wheeler as FCC chief. His track record as lead lobbyist for the telecom industry gives him a clear conflict of interest when it comes to serving the corporations he has existing and past relationships with with and his role at the FCC which is to ostensibly serve public interests.
Regardless of your political affiliation, it is of the utmost importance for all Americans that we send a clear and united message to President Obama that we want a neutral and free internet, not one controlled by telecommunications industry insiders working from within the federal government.
Had these events taken place several years earlier, it's entirely possible, as well as likely, that Newsvine would never have come to exist. Let's all work together to make ensure that the internet remains a place where thoughts, ideas and content can be shared and appreciated openly and freely, without interference from and the need for favoritism by giant cable companies. Newsvine Community, let your voice be heard loud and clear.