NPR: John Oliver Rallys Trolls To Save Net Neutrality

on Tuesday, Jun. 3rd

Former correspondent for The Daily Show and current host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight John Oliver is proving to be quite the rabble rouser.

All Tech Considered’s Elsie Hu has the details:

Sunday night, he went on a 13-minute rant about net neutrality, ending with a plea to Internet commenters of the troll variety to “for once in your lives, focus your indiscriminate rage in a useful direction. Seize your moment, my lovely trolls!”

It appears they have. The FCC has received more than 45,000 commentson the net neutrality proposals since May 15.

Those just account for the comments filed to the official electronic commenting system. Separately, the FCC says it’s received 300,000 emails in a special inbox it set up in late April for the public to weigh in on its open Internet proposal. For context, the next highest number of formal comments on an FCC measure is just under 2,000.

This after Oliver made waves with a bit illustrating the distorted way in which the climate change “debate” is framed on cable news.

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