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Hundreds Protest in Support of Real Net Neutrality Outside FCC

via @accessnow

via @accessnow

This morning outside the Federal Communications Commission headquarters, hundreds of people in support of Net Neutrality protested Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to allow telecom companies to deny users access to certain content and applications. Following the protest, Free Press hosted a press conference to discuss the movement and day’s efforts.

The concept of Network Neutrality preserves free and open Internet and prohibits service providers like Comcast and Verizon from discriminating between accessible content and applications online.

Speaking on the topic of Wheeler’s proposed rules for Net Neutrality, Craig Aaron, president and CEO of Free Press, said, “The rhetoric right now doesn’t match the reality of what’s in the rules, and Chairman Wheeler simply can’t do what he says he is trying to do with the approach he has taken. It won’t work…It won’t withstand legal challenges, if it were ever to be enforced. Simply, the path he has taken won’t do it.”

Aaron went on to add that, “The only way to achieve the goals that the Chairman claims to have would be to reclassify broadband under Title 2 of the Communications Act.

More than 3.4 million signatures have been collected by Free Press’ Save the Internet coalition encouraging Wheeler to throw out the proposed rules and support actual Net Neutrality. For more information, visit Free Press here.

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