Activists gather at University Verizon to protest net neutrality rollback

Net neutrality is when internet service providers treat all data on the internet the same and not charge based on user, website, or content.

The Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution Friday opposing the Federal Communications Commission's proposed actions to eliminate net neutrality.

The letter also declares support for the national protests happening this Thursday, December 7, scheduled one week before the FCC will vote on the fate of net neutrality on December 14.

Madison protesters gathered at the Verizon on University Avenue.

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".

The current FCC chairman is Ajit Pai, a Trump appointee. A recent plan by the FCC intends to dismantle rules that ensure equal access to the internet
Shouting #StoptheFCC, Net Neutrality Defenders Target Lawmakers and Verizon Nationwide

It is ironic that advocates for the repeal of net neutrality claim that it amounts to government regulation of the internet.

The north country residents protesting in favor of maintaining the net neutrality rules were just one of hundreds of protests across the country. Verizon stores were specifically chosen for protests because Mr. Pai was, at one point, an attorney for the company.

"For nearly 20 years, the internet thrived under the light-touch regulatory approach established by President Clinton and a Republican Congress", Pai said in a statement in November.

Protest organizer Scott Haddlesey said, "The current administration, as well as all the ISPs such as Verizon are out to roll back that regulation in order to introduce further fees to access parts of the internet that we already have access to or just block things they don't want people to see".

A district sales manager at Russell Cellular Verizon declined to comment, or to give his name.

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