Verizon Protests - Pai-Led Massive Vote To Dismantle The Net Neutrality Protections

Verizon Protests - Pai-Led Massive Vote To Dismantle The Net Neutrality Protections

The future of the internet and free information is now being sold to the highest bidder.

Ahead of next week's FCC vote on a rollback of net neutrality protections, activist groups have planned protests at Verizon stores tomorrow.

"The draft "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" under consideration by the FCC undoes decades of bipartisan agreement on net neutrality principles and ends net neutrality as we know it". ISPs would control the information presented online.

U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, has been a proponent of keeping the current net-neutrality rules. This would allow them to speed up or slow down certain content on the internet at their will.

Perceptions of Comcast and Verizon have also remained relatively stable since Pai was designated FCC chairman by President Donald Trump in January, after serving as a commissioner since 2012.

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat appointed by President Obama who supports keeping the current regulations, said that almost a half-million comments before the FCC were filed from Russian email addresses, and that 50,000 consumer complaints are missing from the record.

This is not an issue of consumers versus companies either.

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That statement doesn't address one of the biggest problems with letting Comcast and others become the gatekeepers to the internet.

A Verizon spokesman said consumers had a favorable opinion of the company because it prioritized service over policy debates. Instead, Congress continues to turn a blind eye as their appointee dismantles equal access to the internet.

That explanation also doesn't cut it for businesses.

Right now we have the ability to access whatever we want on the internet without much restriction.

The rules prevent phone and cable companies from favoring certain websites and apps and give the FCC more oversight over privacy and the activities of telecom companies.

And that makes sense. While AT&T did receive criticism over the decision, if the FCC votes to repeal net neutrality, the practice could easily be revived with no limitation.

The internet is known today as a primary destination to attain an endless supply of information.