John Oliver Explains Net Neutrality in 13 Minutes on 'Last Week Tonight'

Late night talk-show host John Oliver tackled net neutrality on Sunday night's episode of his HBO show "Last Week Tonight." "Yes, net neutrality," he told the audience. "The only two words in the English language that promise more boredom are 'featuring Sting.'"

After claiming he would rather read a book by Thomas Friedman than listen to people talk about such a snoozeworthy topic, the former "Daily Show" correspondent proved that it's actually not boring, but "very important." So important, in fact, that open internet activists and corporations like Facebook, Google, and Amazon (and a slew of artists including OK Go, members of Fugazi, and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder) are pleading their cases. "That's like Lex Luthor knocking on Superman's door and saying, 'Listen, I know we have our differences, but we've got to get rid of that arsehole in apartment 3B," he said.

Jokes (somewhat) aside, Oliver bemoaned corporate monopolies like the Comcast-Time Warner merger and Verizon, which he pointed out went so far as to sue the government to force the rule changes in question (in "Verizon v. FCC" earlier this year). He added that such influence even extends to Tom Wheeler, a former telecommunications lobbyist, now at the head of the FCC. To fight the power(s), he suggested, citizens should take advantage of the right to comment on the FCC proposal, a thread open since mid-May.

In conclusion: "If you want to do something evil, hide it in something boring," Oliver said. 

This video was first posted on Mashable.