Massive Nationwide Protests For Net Neutrality

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National Day of Protest Shows Nation Unified In Call for Net Neutrality

Congress Will Pay a Heavy Political Price if it Fails to Protect the Free and Open Internet

The free and open Internet is under attack by the FCC, which is controlled by commissioners who represent the views of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) including Comcast, Verizon, Spectrum and AT&T. The end of net neutrality will essentially privatize the Internet into the hands of a few major corporations who can decide what people can see, what they pay and the speed of content on the Internet. Without net neutrality, the Internet will turn into something akin to cable TV, not the public utility it should be.

Yesterday, more than 700 protests were held across the nation in small towns, suburbs and cities by people calling for the Internet to remain classified as a common carrier, with net neutrality rules to prevent discrimination. In red districts, blue districts or purple districts, the people of the United States were united in their call for equal access for all to the Internet and in calling on Congress to protect the Internet by stopping the FCC vote on December 14. If Congress fails to listen to this epic political storm, they may find themselves paying with the end of their political careers.

The Internet is the primary venue for freedom of speech and freedom of commerce for businesses, small and large, in the 21st Century. It is not under the control of corporate interests but a public space where everyone has equal access. Net neutrality ensures free and equal access to the Internet for all.

The FCC is scheduled to hold its next public meeting on December 14. On the agenda is a vote to dismantle net neutrality rules. This will shift power away from the public to an Internet controlled by a mall number of corporations. The FCC majority, being led by former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai, is likely to end net neutrality, which has existed in one form or another throughout the history of the Internet, unless we act now to stop the vote. Fortunately, people from across the country are rising up to protect net neutrality. Hundreds of thousands of people have called Congress in the past two months.

The protests yesterday were massive, more than 700 actions from coast to coast, as people are waking up to the changes being proposed by the FCC and are fighting back. On December 13, Popular Resistance and its Internet freedom campaign, Protect The Internet, along with other organizations, will be holding a day of protest followed by an overnight vigil and morning protests at the FCC in Washington, DC to stop the FCC vote. People are calling on Congress to step in now and stop the FCC from proceeding with the destruction of the equal Internet where people have the freedom to go where they want to go without having to pay tolls. Take action at Battle for the Net to tell your member of Congress to stop the FCC vote.

This was a massive day of protest from North to South, East to West, urban to rural and everything in-between. It is hard to even show its breadth, but thanks to net neutrality Internet people can organize and share their protests . . .

Sign up to take action next week to stop the vote.

 More on the national day of net neutrality protests:

“Face reality! We need net neutrality!” Crowds chant across the country, Ars Technica

There Are 700 Protests in All 50 States Today in Support of Net Neutrality, Motherboard

Protesters Demonstrate Outside Verizon Stores, Congressional Offices To Save Net Neutrality, Huffington Post

 

 

  • Lonnie Lopez

    These are the absolutest whitest protests I’ve seen all year.