Protesters picket Verizon in Times Square over 'net neutrality'

Activists gather at University Verizon to protest net neutrality rollback

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.

It continues, "Freedom of speech and freedom of expression are guaranteed by our constitution, and we demand that such freedoms continue online".

The protesters hope Thursday's displays will create a visual representation of their outrage, to urge Arkansas lawmakers to stop the FCC vote, scheduled on December 14.

In Redding, a similar protest took place in front of the Verizon store on Hilltop Drive.

And they are making it personal by protesting outside stores of Pai's former employer (where he worked from 2001 to 2003)-Verizon, claiming that, "the company has been spending millions on lobbying and lawsuits to kill net neutrality so they can gouge us all for more money".




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

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

The protest's website includes a map of almost 600 locations in the U.S. where actions will take place throughout the day, from 8:00AM on the east coast to 6:00PM on the west.

A Civis Analytics poll (pdf) released in July found that 77 percent of Americans-73 percent of Republicans, 80 percent of Democrats, and 76 percent of Independents-are in favor of keeping the FCC's open internet rules, and 81 percent "agree that ISPs should not be able to block or throttle websites, or charge extra for preferred access to consumers".

Net Neutrality is what we all know today. Participants toted signs with messages such as "Democracy is a free internet" and "All I want for Christmas is net neutrality".

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