Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Net Neutrality II
May 10, 2017 2:52 AM - Season 4, Episode 11 - Subscribe

Recently in the news....
  • More on the court case where Eminem is suing New Zealand's National Party for using, in an ad, a song that sounds just a little too close to "Lose Yourself."
  • The U.S. House of Representatives rapidly moves to pass an updated (but still no better) version of the AHCA, before most people really knew what exactly was in it and before the Congressional Budget Office could score it, sending it to the Senate.
  • And Now: To Celebrate Their Engagement This Week, A Look Back At The Romance Between Joe Scarborough And Mika Brzezinski. "Congratulations?"
  • Main story: Net Neutrality is up in the air again due to Trump's newly-appointed head of the FCC Ajit Pai, a pseudo-hip former Verizon lawyer planning on changing the rules. LWT notes that his complaints about the restrictiveness of the current rules are a bit disinginuous, since it was a court case brought by Verizon that resulted in them. The FCC is once again soliciting public opinion, and like they did in the show's fifth episode, LWT encourages you to write in with your opinion, this time purchasing a domain name,, to take people to a search that makes the comment request easy to find, important since the FCC's comment form is less friendly to navigate than it was the first time. YouTube (20m)

It was a successful court case brought by Verizon that resulted in ISPs not being regulated under Title I of the Communications Act of 1934, but the judge noted, if the FCC wishes to ensure a fair playing field, it would be better if they regulated ISPs under the even stricted Title II, a decision which the FCC agreed.

New Zealand: "Home of the planet's most worthless bird."

F.37: Picture of a birthday cake. "C," 100th EPISODE.
posted by JHarris (5 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I admit having a bunch of projects called something like "lawsuit quest V - Glass Candy" when something sounds suspiciously too close to something else.
posted by lmfsilva at 3:27 AM on May 10, 2017

I did sign in and express myself on this. Sometime before the site crashed, but it did take awhile as it was already bending under the traffic.
posted by French Fry at 12:01 PM on May 10, 2017 [1 favorite]

John Oliver's ability to turn insults directed at him into grist for his own comedy is priceless.

Any bets on how long Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski will last as an item? Because Christ Almighty, they seem like That Couple whom their friends have lunch with, rather than inviting them to dinner, in order to see them separately.
posted by orange swan at 6:12 PM on May 10, 2017 [1 favorite]

"Negged by WBUR" had me giggling.
posted by asperity at 1:42 PM on May 11, 2017 [1 favorite]

Me too! It's such a hilariously subtle burn.
posted by orange swan at 1:46 PM on May 11, 2017

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