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Net neutrality protest

Photo op

Placards and a banner

A net neutrality chant

Partisan politics

Quite a crowd

'Keep the internet fair'

Sidewalk scene

'Don't tread on me'

'Don't throttle me'

'Sign loading'

'No thought police'

An economic argument

Eye on equality

An appeal to capitalists

Dollars and sense

'No fair'

Message to Joe Crowley

A call for Congress to act

'Equal access'

A fistful of signs

RIghting a wrong

Open internet

Now's the time

Getting colorful

Pai face

'Stop internet fast lanes'

Angry face

Payin' point

'Save Democracy'

'Please upgrade your plan'

Young Democrats

Free speech blogger

Analog jam

'Don't make us pay'

From Pai to pal

On Thursday, people took to the streets outside Verizon stores across the country to protest FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's decision to end protections for net neutrality. Here are some of the signs we saw outside Verizon's flagship location in New York City.

From across the street the protest was lively enough to hear the chants. This protest was organized by Battle for the Net.

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Lots of people passing by stopped to take pictures or join in a chant.

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A banner urges Congress to "#stopthefcc from killing net neutrality,"

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For a while, people were chanting "net neutrality is freedom of speech."

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While the FCC's net neutrality changes arise from a new Republican majority, this protester urges us to think beyond party lines.

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It seemed as if there almost as many signs as there were people.

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At the heart of the net neutrality debate is the question of how best to keep carriers from playing favorites with internet traffic.

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There were probably several hundred people gathered shortly after 5 p.m.

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The "Don't tread on me" flag has been a rallying point since the American Revolution

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Here's an update on the "Don't tread on me" message for the internet era.

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Critics worry that, among other things, the end of net neutrality regulations will make it easier for internet service providers to slow service to some people -- that is, throttling.

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A woman expresses worry about the potential for censorship.

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Net neutrality supporters worry that the end of the FCC's regulations will bring new costs and fees. (The last time I checked we still don't have free municipal internet here in New York.)

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This sign addresses Congressman Joseph Crowley, a Democrat representing New York's 14th District, who opposes the repeal of the FCC's net neutrality rules.

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Some people are hoping Congress will step in to stop the FCC's repeal of the rules.

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This woman brought extras.

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Supporters of net neutrality often refer to the need for an open internet.

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The puns have spoken.

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The angry-face emoji was all over the place at the protest.

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The lively contingent from Stuyvesant High School brought its own flag.

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This woman's message -- in faint print at the top of the sign, it says "Free Speech Blogger" -- echoes a concern that the end of net neutrality regulations could hurt smaller alternative media outfits, which might not be able to afford potential fast-lane service to compete with corporate media.    

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Remember the analog era and its slow internet service?

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Kid, we actually do pay for internet service already -- just check your parents' monthly bill

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One can dream.

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