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Net Neutrality Protests at Verizon Stores

by Countable | 12.7.17

What’s the story?

Net neutrality supporters are protesting at Verizon stores across the nation on Thursday afternoon. In the evening, a protest is planned it at the FCC Chairman’s Dinner.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said his proposal, "Restoring Internet Freedom," would "abandon this [current] failed approach and return to the longstanding consensus that served consumers well for decades. Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the Internet."

Why Verizon?

Pai is a former top lawyer for Verizon. And the company, along with Comcast and AT&T, have spent millions in lobbying and lawsuits to try and undo net neutrality protections.

Verizonprotests.com, which is organizing the day of action, said that:

"By protesting at Verizon stores, we’re shining light on the corruption and demanding that our lawmakers do something about it."

Why now?

One week from today, the FCC’s decision will be put to a vote at the agency’s December 14 meeting. With the GOP controlling three of the commission’s five seats, the net neutrality rollback is expected to pass.

What do you think?

The organizers of today’s protest argue that:

"Ajit Pai is clearly still working for Verizon, not the public. But he still has to answer to Congress. So we’re calling on our lawmakers to do their job overseeing the FCC and speak out against Ajit Pai’s plan to gut Title II net neutrality protections and give Verizon and other giant ISPs everything on their holiday wishlist."

Call on your lawmakers—hit Take Action and let them know whether you support the protestors or Pai. Or tell Pai directly with our widget.

—Josh Herman

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(Photo Credit: @kurtdwalters via Twitter)

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