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John Oliver mocks Verizon, celebrates Net neutrality decision

Technically Incorrect: After persuading people to offer input on the agency's proposed rules -- which crashed the FCC website's comment system -- the comedian crows a little over last week's ruling.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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John Oliver still believes the dress is white and gold. HBO/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Did calling FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler a dingo steer the Net Neutrality debate to its conclusion?

Ever since comedian John Oliver spent 13 minutes on his HBO show in June explaining his views on this difficult topic -- causing the public-comment system on the FCC's website to crash -- there have been mutterings that his intervention was decisive.

It was inevitable, therefore, that he might spend a couple of minutes of last night's "Last Week Tonight" in a mood of celebration. On Thursday, the FCC voted to adopt new Net neutrality rules to preserve an open Internet.

Oliver still believes that Wheeler is a dingo, despite the chairman's strenuously neutral denial. The comedian said, however: "It's just in this one instance, you did not eat the baby. So, good dingo. Keep it up."

Oliver explained that the Net neutrality decision was good news because "the Internet service providers are sad."

He did reserve, though, a special slap for Verizon. You might remember that when last week's decision emerged, Verizon chose to issue a press release in Morse code.

"By the way, Verizon," he said. "I'll say this for Morse code. At least it didn't drop out for no f***ing reason any time people walked into their kitchen."

Of course, this one decision may change very little and may also be subject to legal challenges for many a year.

It's good to know that comedy can, though, have an impact. Because the comedy in Congress seems to have none at all.