Northstate protesters support net neutrality

Gladys Abbott
December 10, 2017

Having disliked the regulations since he was in the political minority on the commission, the Trump-appointed chairman Ajit Pai now has a 3:2 Republican majority to abolish them, which he plans to do at a commission meeting on December 14.

Ahead of the day of action, BattlefortheNet.com, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, and Free Press Action Fund partnered to launch a website featuring an interactive map to help supporters locate demonstrations in their area as well as a three-page guide for organizing protests.

In an interview on NPR's 1A, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said consumers won't be hurt by the ending of net neutrality.

In the United States, debate is raging over how the Internet should be classified and regulated.

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Madison protesters gathered at the Verizon on University Avenue. There will also be protests at intersections and about 40 congressional offices.

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". "Their idea is to take the internet out of public utility status so they have the freedom to do anything they want to do with the internet".

The protest's website includes a map of almost 600 locations in the USA where actions will take place throughout the day, from 8:00AM on the east coast to 6:00PM on the west. Without Net Neutrality, certain web sites could be blocked from users, cable and phone companies could create "fast" and "slow" lanes based on payments, and you would be paying substantially more if you wanted to enjoy the same level of Internet that you now use. Net neutrality as people understand it, that is not going away.

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

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