As the FCC moves ahead with its plan to dismantle net neutrality protections, pro-net neutrality groups say they’re planning protests at Verizon stores around the country on December 7th.
“We’ll demand that our members of Congress take action to stop Verizon’s puppet FCC from killing net neutrality,” the organizers write on a website dedicated to the protests.
The groups, which have organized protests like the digital “day of action,” say volunteer organizers are planning for the protests, which will be held in several cities. In some cases, protesters will march to lawmakers’ offices as well.
This week, the FCC announced its intention to vote on a rollback of net neutrality protections on December 14th. The changes, spearheaded by Chairman Ajit Pai, are likely to pass through the Republican-dominated Commission.
Verizon holds a dual significance as a target of protest. For one, the company has been a prominent critic of the current net neutrality rules, and stands to benefit if they’re dismantled. Pai was also at one time a lawyer for the company.
Verizon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the protests.