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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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  • Lexpost
    12/07/2017
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    The only way the Internet has gotten to where it is, is the fact that the gatekeepers don’t have the powers to decide what is worthy to be viewed by their customers. The net was created by our tax dollars and is running quite well, thank you very much, and to give it away to the ISP’s for free with no enforcible rules to guide their behavior is insanity.

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  • John
    12/07/2017
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    Keep net neutrality! Keep it strong!

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  • Donna
    12/07/2017
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    It is deplorable that a former Verizon lawyer, now in a position to implement the desires of his former boss, is so deaf to the wishes of the American public he has been appointed to serve. Someone should remind him of two things (1) he no longer works for a large ISP and (2) the net neutrality rule was adopted due to the consolidation of carriers and reduction of consumer choice and protection. For him to state the previous rules were in place for "decades" is an exaggeration, to be kind. Back in the day of the evolving internet, the content was low, the ISPs did not have a stake in it and information was free. The government is not micromanaging under these rules. It is PROTECTING the consumer from potential abuse. To state otherwise is disingenuous, to be kind.

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  • Brian
    12/07/2017
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    Represent your constituents and oppose the reversal of net regulations

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  • Lisa
    12/08/2017
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    Google, Facebook and others are running amok and limiting your first amendment right already. This is been going on for quite a while.

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  • lachancp
    12/08/2017
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    Keep the internet free by controlling the internet... Wait... What?

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  • ThunderPotato
    12/07/2017
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    It is absolutely unacceptable that my representatives only “strongly disapprove” of the FCC’s movement to end net neutrality. This needs to be met with action, not words. Stand up and begin the process of preventing the FCC from committing this heinous act!

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  • Greg
    12/08/2017
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    Pai does not have the interest of the American people at heart. His motivation for repealing net neutrality is blatantly self serving. DO NOT REPEAL NET NEUTRALITY!

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  • Jaia
    12/07/2017
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    Keep the Internet free!

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  • Dan
    12/08/2017
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    Keep net neutrality in place. Do not allow changes.

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  • DawnH
    12/08/2017
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    This issue will destroy freedom- and if people can’t see that then it’s too late. RIP internet

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  • cmbays
    12/08/2017
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    Please do everything in your power to save net neutrality!

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  • burrkitty
    12/09/2017
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    Support net neutrality! Save the free and open internet!

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  • Jennifer
    12/08/2017
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    Do NOT let the FCC repeal net neutrality. Clearly, the FCC is corrupt just as is anything associated with the current administration. Pai does not care about the general public so the general public must rely on its elected officials to protect them.

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  • Anne
    12/08/2017
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    Pai is not listening to the American people. Makes me wonder what he’s getting out of it. Save net neutrality! It’s what the people want!

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  • BeStrong
    12/08/2017
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    The people are speaking...Can you hear us now!. Net Neutrality is ours.

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  • Donna
    12/08/2017
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    Hold Ajit Pai’s feet to the fire 🔥. He must think he still works for Verizon and not the American people. Do not let him eliminate net neutrality.

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  • Pamala
    12/08/2017
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    Pls keep net neutrality.

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  • Azrael
    12/07/2017
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    Why doesn’t the state of nj form it’s own cable network? Enough talk, we need action

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  • Shawn
    12/08/2017
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    It is time for lawmakers to do their job overseeing the FCC and speak out against Ajit Pai’s plan to gut Title II net neutrality protections. Keep the internet free! Save Net Neutrality!

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