Press Release

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Tackles FCC Chairman Pai’s Net Neutrality Rollback

May 8, 2017 , ,

Today, comedian John Oliver defended the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order establishing net neutrality rules in an episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” an HBO entertainment series. The episode marks a follow-up to the comedian’s popular June 2014 episode on net neutrality, which prompted millions of Americans to ask the FCC to create net neutrality rules.

The following can be attributed to Chris Lewis, Vice President at Public Knowledge:

“Once again John Oliver nails it on the importance of strong open internet rules for our democracy and to prevent broadband price gouging. His wit revealed the hypocrisy of FCC Chairman Pai's effort to pad the pockets of cable and broadband monopolies by dismantling essential protections against internet discrimination.

“It's time for the public to weigh in and tell Chairman Pai, Congress and the White House to keep their hands off the open internet.”

You may view the episode on HBO or the HBO Now app. You may also submit a comment to the FCC defending net neutrality.