On Wednesday, November 12 at noon, net neutrality activists protested at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association located at 25 Massachusetts Ave., NW in Washington, DC. The picket, organized by Popular Resistance, highlighted the national consensus favoring reclassifying the Internet as a common carrier under Title II so that there can be no discrimination and equal access for all with real net neutrality rules. The largest opposition to reclassification and net neutrality comes from a handful of corporations that are members of NCTA. In order to push their agenda the NCTA is putting out false information, creating fake grassroots groups, threatening lawsuits and spending millions of dollars to "buy" Congress and non-profits such as the NAACP.
The Internet has become a new public utility, many net neutrality advocates argue, and should be treated as such. The nation’s largest cable and phone companies fiercely oppose that idea — fearing greater regulation — and are mobilizing their lobbyists and allies on Capitol Hill to push back. The FCC’s eighth floor executive office has been thrown into chaos amid a mounting backlash that shut down its phone lines as a growing number of Open Internet advocates camp out in front of their office. “Since Wheeler’s proposal was first reported in the media we’ve sent hundreds of calls to the FCC on a daily basis,” says Tim Karr, senior director of strategy at D.C.-based public interest group Free Press, a longtime net neutrality advocacy group. “Last week, we heard from callers that an overwhelmed FCC staff had begun asking people to submit comments by email instead.”