Countries Around the World Tackled Net Neutrality in Different Ways

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"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.

Protestors targeted Verizon stores because Ajit Pai, the current chairman of the FCC, previously served as associate general counsel at Verizon, which has been a longtime opponent of 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?

If adopted, the new rules would reverse current regulations that require Internet service providers to give equal treatment to all websites.

This following the FCC's proposal to end the open internet order and rollback net neutrality protections.

It is ironic that advocates for the repeal of net neutrality claim that it amounts to government regulation of the internet. The organizer of the Redding protests, Valerie Anderson, asked people to call Congressman LaMalfa and express concerns about the pullback from net neutrality.

"I'm seeing real democracy emerging through the internet", said Michael T. Owen. Critics also say doing away with net neutrality would allow providers to censor content, prioritize its own content or block the content of a competitor. Two employees, one in an Android mascot costume, even stood near protesters for a while, waving at cars.

"For nearly 20 years, the internet thrived under the light-touch regulatory approach established by President Clinton and a Republican Congress", Pai said in a statement in November.

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