Faced with next week’s vote by the Federal Communications Commission to obliterate regulations to keep carriers from controlling internet access and speeds, protesters are set to take over Verizon stores in an attempt to save Net Neutrality.
Why Verizon? Because current FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, before his appointment by President Obama, was a lawyer for Verizon.
According to Fight For the Future, one of the organizations behind the protest, more than 150 artists , musicians and actors have signed a letter in support of the protests, including REM’s Michael Stipe, Star Trek‘s Will Wheaton, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, the band Incubus and more.
““If the FCC votes to gut these protections it will explicitly allow Internet providers to charge extra fees that amount to a tax on the entire creative economy,” the letter reads. “A few corporations will have control over what you see and hear, while independent and up-and-coming artists’ ability to make a living will be devastated. Without net neutrality there will be less awesome art. Period.”
— Fight for the Future (@fightfortheftr) December 6, 2017
Find a protest near you by zip code on this map put out by a group called Team Internet.
Protestors can also rally online with the hashtag, #StopTheFCC.
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