Watch John Oliver’s Brilliant, Concise Primer On Net Neutrality


If you are a regular reader of TechCrunch, then you are probably up to speed on the issue of net neutrality. If you aren’t, however, SHAME ON YOU. Just kidding. As HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host (and two-time Crunchies emcee) John Oliver said in a rousing call to action last night, “cable companies have figured out the great truth of America: if you want to do something evil, put it in something boring.”

Part of the problem is the term net neutrality itself and any government hearing on the issue.

“The only two words that promise more boredom in the English language are ‘featuring Sting,'” said Oliver. “I would rather read a book by Thomas Friedman than listen to that hearing. I would rather listen to a pair of Dockers tell me about the weird dream it had.”

But, Oliver pointed out, despite its snore-inducing name, net neutrality is…

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