And they are making it personal by protesting outside stores of Pai's former employer (where he worked from 2001 to 2003)-Verizon, claiming that, "the company has been spending millions on lobbying and lawsuits to kill net neutrality so they can gouge us all for more money".
The protest's website includes a map of almost 600 locations in the United States where actions will take place throughout the day, from 8:00AM on the east coast to 6:00PM on the west.
That's what locals were saying Thursday as they turned out to protest the possible end of net neutrality.
Map of plan protests at Verizon stores and other locations.
"Under Pai's leadership the FCC has made a mockery of our democratic process, "said Fight for the Future campaign director Evan Greer".
The protesters are urging Congress to stop the vote.
However, she also noted that "the outcry from beyond the Beltway is beginning to change many minds in Washington", and "phones are ringing off the hook on Capitol Hill as people take to the streets to put the public need for an open internet before the demands of Verizon lobbyists". "Democrats and Republicans alike are willing to take action against any threat to Net Neutrality rules that protect our online rights". When asked why he was protesting, he said "to see who else is going to bother showing up".
Under these rules, your internet service providers were forbidden from slowing down or blocking traffic from certain sites.
The leaflet, however, did not endorse net neutrality, which Verizon has publicly opposed, instead supporting the "lightly regulated environment" of the internet before the 2015 net neutrality rules were implemented. "Net Neutrality is essential to our democracy".
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