Protest planned outside Verizon store in defense of Net Neutrality

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MANCHESTER, NH – On Saturday Dec. 9 at 1 p.m., protesters will stand at 1111 South Willow Street, Manchester, location of the Verizon store. They will urge Governor Chris Sununu to condemn the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to destroy Net Neutrality.

The protest is organized by Progressive Manchester. Its mission is to bring people together to take action to build a healthy community and make the values of our community guide the policies of our government. 

Verizon and Comcast lobbyists are pressing to kill Net Neutrality. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a former Verizon lawyer, has scheduled a December 14 vote on his plan to repeal the 2015 rules that prevent broadband companies from charging extra fees, blocking access to websites, purposefully slowing down Internet speeds or otherwise interfering with online traffic.

New Hampshire’s senators and congressional representatives agree on the importance of Net Neutrality. 

“Without the guarantee of net neutrality, the Internet superhighway’s rules of the road will favor big tech businesses over newer startups. The Internet has allowed the proud tradition of American ingenuity and entrepreneurship to reach every corner of the globe,” says Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. Its openness has enabled a new generation of New Hampshire innovators to turn a bright idea and a laptop into a business. The last thing our economy needs is for these engines of growth to be slowed.”

Net Neutrality supporters plan to protests this week at more than 600 Verizon store locations in all 50 states.