Discussion: John Oliver Sums Up Net Neutrality: 'Preventing Cable Company F*ckery' (VIDEO)

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I can remember back in the days of the 70s when cable was a new thing and it was supposed to be wonderful for its diversity and its ability to bring all sorts of varied programming into our homes at a minimal cost.

Today, we’re paying $150 a month for 85 channels of sports or reality programming and nothing else.

The internet businesses like Comcast know we won’t pay attention to this because BENGHAZI and KIM KARDASHIAN!!! We have no one to blame but ourselves when (not if, but when) this becomes law.

I kind of avoided problems with cable the most effective way possible.

i don’t have it.

You would be amazed at all the dish people who call me, say they can improve my cable speed and when I tell them they can’t, ask who my provider is. When I tell them I don’t have cable, I get the hilarious “Not even BASIC?!”

It’s like I just told them I don’t eat.

“Not even PIZZA?!”


Sigh. Almost makes me miss the days of regulated monopolies.

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The whole ROI (from the consumer’s point of view) baffles me. My sister pays something like $100 a month, yet she works long enough hours that she hardly even has time to watch it, nevermind there being anything good enough to watch. Strange.

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Yeah, I don’t get it. I haven’t had cable for more than a decade now. Do I miss it? Not really.

I mean, I don’t know what people are talking about when they mention an episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Orange is the New Black,’ but I gotta tell ya I am getting a hell of a lot of reading done.


Comparing cable to pizza, there is no equivalent to buying a slice for one person’s lunch. Whether you want cable for one person living alone, or a family of 12, it’s the same price. When I waver and consider getting cable, all I have to think about is what a gyp it is for one person. Then I consider that I can go out to the movies 10 times or buy 10 DVDs for the price of one month of cable.

I was able to comment successfully - get to work people:

just click the first item: Proceeding # 14-28 and have at it

and fargo116 - I don’t have cable TV either and haven’t since 2003, but we’re both using this thing called the internet - that’s what this is about.

PEOPLE!!! We’re not talking about TV! Jeez. It’s the internet!!! It’s you ability to read THIS site as opposed to Murdoch’s. Where’s the outrage?

I think what a lot of people don’t get is that in order to make someone faster, you’ve got to make someone else slower.

And you know who that will be. You and I. Unless you have money, you are gonna be on a phone modem 300 baud connection.