We can't allow net neutrality to die

Protesters rally against net neutrality regulation rollback

Protesters rally against net neutrality regulation rollback

Net neutrality regulations enacted in 2015 require that all internet traffic is treated the same by internet service providers.

It continues, "Freedom of speech and freedom of expression are guaranteed by our constitution, and we demand that such freedoms continue online".

Approximately 20 protestors were outside the Verizon Store on Mangrove in Chico Thursday morning in advance of next week's vote by the Federal Communications Commission to repeal its net neutrality regime.

The biggest protest in the nation was at the Verizon store on 42nd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.

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"We're just concerned about the corporations taking over the internet", said Sue Bolesh when asked what brought her out to protest.

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.

Despite the ongoing lobbying efforts, those who have helped organize the demonstrations remain hopeful that widespread outrage over Pai's plan could push members of Congress to take action to protect net neutrality.

"We're putting that protection, those consumer protections back in place". Without Net Neutrality, certain web sites could be blocked from users, cable and phone companies could create "fast" and "slow" lanes based on payments, and you would be paying substantially more if you wanted to enjoy the same level of Internet that you now use. Critics also say doing away with net neutrality would allow providers to censor content, prioritize its own content or block the content of a competitor. Participants toted signs with messages such as "Democracy is a free internet" and "All I want for Christmas is net neutrality".

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