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Activists gather at University Verizon to protest net neutrality rollback

Activists gather at University Verizon to protest net neutrality rollback Group of senators calls on FCC to delay web neutrality vote
Heather Davidson | 10 December, 2017, 04:27

The FCC is expected to vote Thursday on a plan that would dismantle regulations put in place by the Obama administration that requires all internet traffic be treated by service providers equally.

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.

On December 7, people all across the nation gathered at Verizon stores to protest, calling on Congress to stop the FCC from killing Net Neutrality.

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

Ajit Pai the chairman of the FCC, will have his name infamously etched into the history books, at least what remains of them in this near-Orwellian scenario which may very likely be our future.

"If they take away net neutrality you will lose free speech", said Jane Redmond, a proponent of the current net neutrality policy.

Although the future of internet regulation has been a hot-button issue since President Donald Trump appointed Pai, an industry insider, to lead the FCC, the action on the ground has intensified in recent weeks, with an official vote to roll back consumer protections-and "destroy the internet as we know it"-scheduled for next week". Once the regulations are eliminated, providers would in theory be able to block, slow down, or charge extra for access to certain web sites.

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. "We want Mr. LaMalfa to also commit to saying that he will keep net neutrality", said Anderson.

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