Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver Beckons Gamers To Support Net Neutrality

by Robert Workman

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Even though it’s not entirely gaming related, I can’t get enough of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver on HBO. It’s a terrific half hour series where he tackles some of the most serious issues around the world in excellent comedic fashion, and he’s been doing it for 100 episodes now. But for his latest episode, he decided to revisit a topic that once again finds itself under threat – Net Neutrality.

It seems like there are some threats that could ruin its tranquility, and that could spell bad news for everyone, from Netflix streamers to, yes, gamers. So he decided to do something about it, opening up a special website where users could directly voice their support to keep Net Neutrality intact. In fact, it was so well received, it crashed the FCC site for a short amount of time.

But, yes, Oliver actually catered to gamers as part of that crowd to fight the good fight against those wanting to curve net neutrality to their will. “Every Internet group needs to come together like you successfully did three years ago,” he noted. “Every subculture must join as one. Gamers. YouTube celebrities. Instagram models. Tom from MySpace if you’re still alive. We need all of you.”

With the FCC announcing plans to possibly loosen the restrictions around net neutrality, that could mean Internet providers could step in and change how certain things are done with it – and that’s something customers probably won’t be crazy about. I mean, a few of us hate Xfinity as it is right now, but imagine it getting worse.

You can see the whole video segment below, where Oliver not only beckons Internet folks to join the cause, but also goes into detail about why Net Neutrality is so important. It’s a usual break from the stuff you check out online, but it’s vital if you like keeping your gaming speed the way it is, so take a few moments, get educated, drop your support for Net Neutrality for FCC, and then head back to your high-speed game. It’ll certainly pay off in the long run. Plus, you get to see a goat singing along to Taylor Swift. Bonus!

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.