Stephen Colbert Rides A Roller Coaster To Explain Net Neutrality

The late night talk show host took the professor who coined the term “net neutrality” on a giant roller coaster to make the term easier to understand.

Net neutrality scored a major victory Tuesday after a federal appeals court upheld the Obama administration's landmark ruling and dealt a huge blow to cable and internet service providers in the fight to keep the internet free of “fast lanes.”

The court dubbed the internet a public utility, which sounds like a good thing, but what does it all really mean?

To explain the ruling in a better way, the host of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” invited on Tim Wu, a special adviser at the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the man credited with coining the phrase “net neutrality.”

However, since the topic was too serious for the late night show, Colbert decided to discuss it on a giant roller coaster instead.

“So, what’s important about net neutrality and what the basic issues are, professor Tim Wu?” the late night show asked as the ride began to gain speed.

“One of the principles of internet is the utility and it should be treated the same,” Wu responded amid yelps and screeches. “All traffic on the internet should be treated the same.”

A study has suggested that satire shows are more effective in teaching people about complex matters, such as election campaign and finance, than broadcast news.

Watch the hilarious — and educational — roller coaster ride in the video above.

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