Protesters rally against net neutrality regulation rollback

Net neutrality protests coming to a Verizon store near you today

The repeal of Net Neutrality will have the potential to greatly reduce the ability of a discontent public from organizing, and sharing information freely against corporate elites.

This following the FCC's proposal to end the open internet order and rollback net neutrality protections.

Slim as their prospects may be, pro-regulation activists are turning to a bitterly divided Congress, pressuring politicians to intervene and prevent the FCC vote.

Access Humboldt organized the protest at Eureka's Verizon Store.

All over the country Thursday, groups participated in more than 600 peaceful protests in front of Verizon stores.

"We're just concerned about the corporations taking over the internet", said Sue Bolesh when asked what brought her out to protest. "With a rogue FCC commissioner blatantly captured by the industry he is supposed to provide oversight for, Congress must do their job and take action to stop the FCC vote on December 14".

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".

"If they take away net neutrality you will lose free speech", said Jane Redmond, a proponent of the current net neutrality policy. We need to see things from multiple points of view, not merely those approved by people willing to sell the consumer out for a quick buck.

The rules prohibit providers from charging websites different fees that could create a "fast" or "slow" lane of traffic that critics say would harm small startups that cannot afford larger fees.

Opponents of net neutrality noted that its elimination has benefits including giving consumers of the Internet more options, allowing them to pare down their choices and perhaps save money in the process.

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