Senators Urge FCC to Delay Vote Rolling Back Net Neutrality

Ivan Schwartz
December 10, 2017

The protest is organized by Progressive Manchester.

Indeed, net neutrality rules passed in a party-line vote by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015 essentially mandated that cable and phone companies treat all internet traffic equally.

Verizon and Comcast lobbyists are pressing to kill Net Neutrality.

Valerie Walker of Indivisible Bangor said, "The best outcome would be for net neutrality rules to stay in place and not have our internet privatized". Participants toted signs with messages such as "Democracy is a free internet" and "All I want for Christmas is net neutrality".

With the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) slated to vote on Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to kill net neutrality on December 14, open internet advocates and free press groups participated in planned protests on Thursday at congressional offices and more than 700 Verizon stores in all 50 states, plus D.C.

"We're just concerned about the corporations taking over the internet", said Sue Bolesh when asked what brought her out to protest.

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Several protesters expressed their worry that the fate of net neutrality was being decided in a less than democratic way or that the end of net neutrality would allow political content to be restricted on the internet.

Demonstrators are sharing scenes from Thursday's protests on social media with the hashtags #StoptheFCC and #NetNeutrality.

The biggest protest in the nation was at the Verizon store on 42nd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. Two employees, one in an Android mascot costume, even stood near protesters for a while, waving at cars.

They say Pai, who was once a lawyer for Verizon, is ignoring the overwhelming public support for Net Neutrality.

A district sales manager at Russell Cellular Verizon declined to comment, or to give his name.

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