Published: Sun, December 10, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Internet Advocates Gather in Fayetteville to Protest Net Neutrality

Internet Advocates Gather in Fayetteville to Protest Net Neutrality

Net neutrality is the rule that prohibits internet service providers like Verizon can't slow, speed up or block websites based on their own internal guidelines.

"If the FCC's plan to undermine Title II net neutrality goes through, we will have a corporate-managed internet where it's harder for us to share and access the sort of content that makes the Internet so powerful", Access Humboldt Executive Director Sean McLaughlin wrote in a statement announcing the December 7 protest, held outside the Verizon on Broadway in Eureka.

The repeal of Net Neutrality will have the potential to greatly reduce the ability of a discontent public from organizing, and sharing information freely against corporate elites. Ending net neutrality, he said, would also end that possibility.

"They also want to throw out those rules against non-discrimination and unfortunately the way the current Communication law is structured, it is hard to do one without the other", Bauer said.

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Verizon and Comcast lobbyists are pressing to kill Net Neutrality.

Chief Operating Officer at Spartan Net in East Lansing Richard Laing says this proposal can be a toss up for ISPs' between both gaining and losing consumers.

"If they take away net neutrality you will lose free speech", said Jane Redmond, a proponent of the current net neutrality policy. "The other 23% still have yet to make up their minds". These net neutrality rules were passed in 2015, and have broad support from groups ranging from civil liberty organizations to internet giants like Google. Allowing ISPs to control what we can access, such as news websites, social media and informational websites such as Wikipedia, they will control how we think, how we see the world.

In yesterday's letter, the Senators expressed concerns over reports that bots filed hundreds of thousands of comments to the FCC during the net neutrality policymaking process, and called for an investigation into the state of the record.

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