Small Group Rallies Around Net Neutrality

Net neutrality protests coming to a Verizon store near you today

Despite a biting wind, a few dedicated residents gathered outside the Russel Cellular Verizon Store on Route 11 in support of net neutrality on Thursday, ahead of the Federal Communications Commission vote, which is expected on December 14.

The rules prohibit providers from charging websites different fees that could create a "fast" or "slow" lane of traffic that critics say would harm small startups that cannot afford larger fees.

The Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution Friday opposing the Federal Communications Commission's proposed actions to eliminate net neutrality. In fact, net neutrality prevents regulation of the web billion-dollar monopoly corporations like Verizon and AT&T.

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"They will be able to control content and what you can see", she added. But net neutrality is only a part of how the Internet is regulated.

In Redding, a similar protest took place in front of the Verizon store on Hilltop Drive.

The north country residents protesting in favor of maintaining the net neutrality rules were just one of hundreds of protests across the country. Two employees, one in an Android mascot costume, even stood near protesters for a while, waving at cars.

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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. Ending net neutrality, he said, would also end that possibility.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa said in a letter to constituents, "Rather than focusing government resources on burdensome regulation, we should be redirecting our focus on improving affordable internet access, especially in high-cost rural areas".

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