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Op-ed Placement

John Oliver Should Be on PBS

Originally Published in Washington Examiner on 5/9/17.

John Oliver has once again waded into the Internet regulation battle, arguing that the Federal Communications Commission should retain former President Barack Obama's Internet regulations to prevent Internet service providers from prioritizing content in exchange for payment by content providers.

That sounds reasonable, until you remember that if this applied to television, Oliver and his friends on paid-premium HBO would need to dust off their resumes. Arguing that heavy-handed regulation is necessary to avoid disastrous threats to free speech and Internet start-up companies is not only overkill, it's completely disingenuous when the leading champion has a commercial-free paid fast lane into your home that no one complains about.