As the FCC continues to move ahead with plans to gut network neutrality, many American’s are taking their protest onto the streets.
The battle to save the Internet has become rather tense in the last few days. American’s and American small businesses alike are pushing back against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) planned vote to scrap network neutrality. While senators and high profile people have called on a delay to the FCCs vote, FCC chairman Ajit Pai rejected those calls and said that American’s are merely growing “desperate” in their efforts to save the Internet.
Among the plans by Americans to try and express their opposition to the gutting of network neutrality is to take the protest from online and over the phone and bring it to the streets. The national day of protest is being organized by Battle for the Net. From the site:
The new chairman of the FCC was a top lawyer at Verizon. And now he’s calling for a vote to kill net neutrality, as a gift to his former employer. So on December 7th we’re protesting outside Verizon retail stores across the U.S. to demand that Congress stop the FCC from destroying the Internet as we know it.
Battle for the Net has set up a website called Verizon protests. The site features an interactive map showing the different locations across the United States in which the protests are set to take place.
Already, pictures are streaming in on social media as the protests are taking place. Here’s a handful of protest pictures we are seeing:
From indiv.chi.south on instagram
From indiv.chi.south on Instagram
From sep120 on Instagram
From avin_is_wireless on Instagram
From JulieConnolly on Twitter
So, it looks like there has been quite a turnout so far for saving the Internet. It looks like the demonstrations so far have been quite peaceful. We’ll continue to monitor for any developments