People are pissed off that the FCC is trying to destroy net neutrality, which is why hundreds of protests took place outside Verizon stores across the United States on December 7. The rallies took place precisely a week ahead of the FCC vote to remove consumer protections that force ISPs to treat the internet like a utility.
Led by Ajit Pai, himself a former lawyer for Verizon, the five-member FCC (three Republicans and two Democrats) will likely replace the so-called net neutrality protections with the curiously named “Restoring Internet Freedom” order, which would free up internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to control which web content — news sites, streaming videos, GIFs, music, everything — loads quickly and which does not.
The FCC meets on Thursday. Above is what the protests looked like in Manhattan last week. “I’m 14 years old, and I’m here because I feel like we need to fight for our internet freedom,” 14-year-old Emery Hajdu told Inverse.