College Humor: Stop 'old, rich guys' from wrecking the Internet

Later this year, the FCC will vote on proposed Net Neutrality rules that could radically change the Internet as we know it. College Humor wants you to make your voice heard.

Warning: The video below has some NSFW parts, most notably a few curse words and censored sex acts.

The public comment period for the FCC's proposed Net Neutrality rules is set to close this week, and the folks at College Humor want to make sure you make your voice heard.

On Monday, College Humor put out a last-minute plea telling folks to get their opinions out there ahead of the newly extended July 18 deadline for comment. In the vid, College Humorfolks dressed like Batman and Darth Vader argue that if these rules are adopted, ISPs such as Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner, and others could start charging companies for the privilege of faster data speeds.

"We make funny videos for the Internet, but soon we might not be able to," they say. "That's because Net Neutrality is in jeopardy."

College Humor argues that failing to put in place strong Net Neutrality rules paves the way for "old, rich guys" to tell us what we should see on the Internet. If that happens, the small content makers would have to pay to play or, more likely, stop making the cat videos we all spend our time watching on the Internet.

The issue all started back in January when a federal court struck down the FCC's original Net Neutrality rules that forced ISPs to treat all Internet traffic the same. The FCC set out to replace these rules with ones that addressed the concerns raised by the court, and in May proposed new rules to replace those struck down in court.

But many critics believe those rules don't go far enough, arguing that the new rules won't prevent ISPs from charging companies for quicker access to their networks, giving priority to larger companies with big pocketbooks and leaving smaller companies, those that create much of the internet's content, out in the cold.

To learn much more about Net Neutrality and its implications, check out CNET reporter Maggie Reardon's two-part series on the topic. Or just check out the whole debate as a rap battle.

 

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