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It’s bad enough that the FCC has voted to eliminate net neutrality in the United States. But then there is this awful video starring FCC Chairman Ajit Pai where he attempts to explain why repealing net neutrality is a good thing but ends up failing. The entire Internet has gone “WTF?!?” with this video.

I’ve seen commercials from local car dealerships with better production values and more finesse than that. I would find it funny if it weren’t for the fact that the FCC has just setback Internet access in the U.S. by at least 50 years and that 83% of Americans had supported net neutrality.

The only good thing that has come of this is that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman plans to sue the FCC over this. I only hope he doesn’t end up with a pro-Trump judge.

UPDATE (December 15, 2017): A DJ known as Bauer is pursuing legal action against Ajit Pai for using his song “Harlem Shake” in that video without permission. Bauer said that he favors net neutrality and he’s aghast that his song is being used to promote the idea of getting rid of net neutrality.

UPDATE (December 17, 2017): Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movies, have weighed in on Ajit Pai’s craptastic video, especially the scene where the FCC chairman tries to imitate a Jedi by wielding a lightsaber.

But that wasn’t all, folks. Senator Ted Cruz decides to take Mark Hamill on as well, only to get his ass handed back to him.

Here’s the moral of this story—Don’t mess with Luke Skywalker! 😀

Meanwhile Mackenzie Astin, the son of the late actress Patty Duke, has publicly wondered how his mother was able to post three comments on the FCC’s website urging the FCC to repeal net neutrality in 2017 despite the fact that she has been dead since March, 2016.

The good news is that Net Neutrality isn’t dead yet and the above graphic is only an animated gif. If the Trump Administration has its way, then you’ll really be encountering graphics like this whenever you’re visiting this blog or other sites that don’t have the backing of the big telecommunications corporations (i.e., Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner, and AT&T) while waiting unusually long times to access whatever you want online. For more details, visit Battle for Net Neutrality or the Electronic Freedom Foundation.

This is a fabulous day in Internet history. Net Neutrality guarantees that the viewpoints of everyone have equal access online without discrimination based on wealth and the ability to pay. Had Net Neutrality gone down in defeat, the ability of America to continue its online innovation would’ve been jeopardized and other countries would’ve surpassed the United States in terms of such innovation.

Only a corporation concerned with short-term quarterly earnings on Wall Street could’ve come up with a numbskull idea like “Fast Lanes” and “Slow Lanes” on the Internet in the first place. I’m glad that idea is being trashed by the FCC!


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