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As the FCC continues to evolve its policies for regulating the telecom industry, and it’s Net Neutrality rules, one of the challenges for the American polity is to keep up with all the jargon and obscure but important fine points. As with other learning endeavors, humor can sometimes bridge that obscurity gap and communicate important details which might otherwise fall on deaf ears.

This example by John Oliver from back in June of last year, that is said to have changed the politics behind the decisions by involving and rallying large numbers to express their views. (viewed almost 8M times). It’s likely we will need at least one more of these, and possibly a series, to grok the fine points of the policy change announced today.

The plan calls for high-speed Internet service to be reclassified as a telecommunications service, instead of an information service, under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. But the chairman, Tom Wheeler, is taking what is called a light-touch approach, adopting a handful of its crucial provisions and tossing out others.

In government, the proof of concept is always deep in the details, where the lawyers are hard at work, and where the layman fears to tread.

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