Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Video: John Oliver on Net Neutrality

I don't normally post about 'political' subjects, but if you're in the US and you haven't seen this, you really should.  Then you should go to the Federal Communications Commission website Mr. Oliver mentions and tell them you do no want to see this put into action (you have until June 27th).

John Oliver does an amazing job of stating in clear terms, with lots of humour, what net neutrality (aka preventing cable company f*ckery) in this context - the proposal by the FCC, means.  Basically, it allows internet providers to offer a service to *ie demand more money from* companies that use a lot of bandwidth *ie Netflix* for 'faster' service.  It also, by contrast, means that if a company doesn't want to pay for this faster service, that their streaming/download speeds can be artificially slowed.

Why do I, a Canadian, care what the US does with its internet?  Because so many things started in the States gets pushed on other countries that want to have economic ties with it (and how many countries out there don't want economic ties with the States?).  I don't want this so called net neutrality hitting my country.  We have enough internet provider problems here as it is.

If you don't have time for the whole video, the explanation starts at 1:56 and ends at 4:28.  I do recommend watching the whole thing though.  It's hilarious and it does explain a number of issues.

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