Open Internet Activists Speak Out at May 15 Rallies Across the Country

Washington, D.C., wasn’t the only place where folks rallied against the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to allow Internet service providers charge for preferential treatment online.

On Thursday, activists from CREDO Action, Fight for the Future, Free Press and MoveOn also protested in dozens of other cities around the country.

In Cerritos, Calif., activists braved 102-degree temps to protest during their lunch breaks. Attendees included 11-year-old Michael Howell, who read a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler championing the open Internet.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler greeted New York City activists, and his staff handed out copies of his letter to the FCC in support of reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service (check out these photos from New York, Boston and Chicago).

Others rallied at FCC field offices in cities including Dallas (check out the video!), Detroit, Kansas City, New Orleans, San Diego and Seattle.

Around the country people chanted “You must face reality, we want Net Neutrality” and “The Internet is under attack. What do we do? Stand up. Fight back!” Meanwhile, at the rally in front of the FCC headquarters in Washington, D.C., protesters banged on drums and buckets to get their message through to Chairman Wheeler.

And folks from Code Pink, Popular Resistance, Veterans for Peace, and other groups carried that message inside the public meeting.

While the FCC voted to move forward with Wheeler’s proposal, Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel both voiced their concerns.

In fact, Rosenworcel argued that the process Wheeler has used thus far is not adequate and has not responded to the public’s strong opposition to his plan.

The commissioners should right that wrong by visiting communities around the country and engaging in conversations about the future of the Internet. The full commission needs to listen and create rules that are responsive to the public interest.

Check out these photos and get inspired:

Photo at the top of the post courtesy of MoveOn

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