Locals protest to 'Save the Net'

Dave Schaeffer Cogent Communications

Dave Schaeffer

Net neutrality is when internet service providers treat all data on the internet the same and not charge based on user, website, or content.

It continues, "Freedom of speech and freedom of expression are guaranteed by our constitution, and we demand that such freedoms continue online". Without Net Neutrality, certain web sites could be blocked from users, cable and phone companies could create "fast" and "slow" lanes based on payments, and you would be paying substantially more if you wanted to enjoy the same level of Internet that you now use.

On December 7, people all across the nation gathered at Verizon stores to protest, calling on Congress to stop the FCC from killing Net Neutrality.

Without net neutrality, do you trust your phone or cable company to behave themselves, or do you expect your bills to go up?

Valerie Walker of Indivisible Bangor said, "The best outcome would be for net neutrality rules to stay in place and not have our internet privatized".

Net Neutrality is what we all know today.

"We're just concerned about the corporations taking over the internet", said Sue Bolesh when asked what brought her out to protest.

It is ironic that advocates for the repeal of net neutrality claim that it amounts to government regulation of the internet. Ending net neutrality, he said, would also end that possibility.

Protesters hope to generate awareness about what, they call, severe repercussions of rollbacks regarding Net neutrality.

Access Humboldt organized the protest at Eureka's Verizon Store.

"Chairman Pai, who is the chairman of the FCC, he is one that is sort of pushing the rollback of net neutrality and our current representative Doug LaMalfa is not necessarily supporting net neutrality, either".

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