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Protesters gather to raise net neutrality awarenessPeople gather at Verizon stores all around the US to protest a potential overhaul of regulations that could gut net neutrality as we know it.
Net neutrality protests gather on Thursday, December 7th. Protestors came together in front of Verizon's doors around the United States. The protestors are trying to send a message, and raise awareness about net neutrality. On December 14th, the FCC will vote on a new proposal, that would get rid of net neutrality regulation. That has been in place since 2015. The proposal is expected to passed since three of the five seats on the commission are controlled by the republican party. Outside of Verizon stores protestors held up signs saying net neutrality is freedom of speech. Another said don't throttle me with a sign similar to the don't tread on me Gaston flag. Currently all data is treated equally by your internet service provider. If you're visiting Facebook, or streaming movies, or listening to music, every bit is treated the same in priority. The new plan entitled restoring internet freedom order by FCC chairman [UNKNOWN] would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices. Theoretically, this could allow ISPs to slow down access to certain sites, give priority to their own services, and charge all kinds of fees to access different parts of the Internet. The proposal also would give the Federal Trade Commission Authority to police the Internet instead of the FCC. The protests were held at Verizon stores because FCC Chairman Pai worked as a lawyer for Verizon before he was appointed to the FCC. Verizon says it has no plans to block or slow access to the internet. Where do you stand on Net Neutrality? Let us and the FCC know. For more coverage, check out cnet.com. I'm Ayez Akhtar and I'll see you online.