[act-ma] 12/07 Defend Net Neutrality: Boston Protest

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Wed Dec 6 09:55:06 PST 2017


Defend Net Neutrality: Boston Protest

Thursday Dec 7th,  5-7 PM

Verizon (745 Boylston St, Boston) 
<https://www.facebook.com/VerizonMABoston1/>


The FCC wants to repeal net neutrality. This could be the end of a free 
and open internet.

On December 7, one week before the Federal Communications Commission 
(FCC) is set to vote on repealing net neutrality, we'll protest at 
retail stores across the U.S. and demand that Congress stop the FCC from 
destroying the internet as we know it.

One of the biggest opponents of net neutrality is Ajit Pai, current FCC 
chairman and former Verizon lobbyist. If he and the Trump administration 
have their way, our free and open internet could be a thing of the past. 
We can’t let this happen.

https://www.facebook.com/events/552919738376984/

WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY?

Net neutrality means that internet service providers — like Verizon, 
Comcast, or AT&T — can’t pick and choosewhich sites you have access to. 
Whether it’s an email from your mother, a bank transfer, or a streamed 
episode of The Handmaid’s Tale, your data is treated equally.

WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?

The Trump administration wants to repeal net neutrality. That would be a 
disaster for free speech and access to information.

Imagine if your phone company could mess with your calls — through bad 
connections or frequent dropped calls — when you tried to order pizza 
from Domino’s, because Pizza Hut is paying them.

Without net neutrality, your internet service providers can choose which 
web pages load quickly and which sites get blocked, based on things like 
their own corporate interest or dislike for a certain site’s political 
viewpoints. They can play favorites or charge more money for faster 
delivery to certain websites.

WHAT CAN I DO TO PROTECT THE INTERNET?

Join us on December 7 at 5:00 PM to protest in front of the Verizon 
store in Boston (745 Boylston Street).

Tell your friends to attend protests in their areas. Find more events 
here: https://www.battleforthenet.com/ <https://www.battleforthenet.com/>

Call your members of Congress today and tell them to oppose Chairman 
Pai’s plans to dismantle net neutrality: 
https://www.aclu.org/issues/free-speech/dont-dismantle-net-neutrality 
<https://www.aclu.org/issues/free-speech/dont-dismantle-net-neutrality>



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