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December 7, Thursday, at 5 p.m.
Verizon store protest against the rollback of net neutrality protections
Location: Walnut Creek Verizon store, 1141 Locust Street (near intersection with Bothelo, Walnut Creek
Please RSVP: online
To carpool from the Gateway lot at 4:30 p.m.: email Carol Weed; please indicate if you can drive.
In 2015, the Obama administration (after exhaustive nation wide public meetings) put net neutrality protections in place to make sure the Internet stayed widely accessible and affordable for everyone. Last week’s FCC proposal to roll back these protections is bad for consumers and bad for our economy.
Internet users (isn't that all of us?!) are outraged by top Verizon lawyer turned FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to gut net neutrality. So, we’re joining #TeamInternet and channeling that outrage into a huge protests at Verizon retail stores across the country on Thursday, December 7th, one week before an expected vote at the FCC.
For consumers, repealing net neutrality could mean higher costs for checking your email or catching up on your favorite Netflix show. It could mean creating a system where the rich have access to high speed Internet and working families don’t. For small business owners and entrepreneurs, the FCC decision creates barriers for innovation. Start-ups already face higher initial costs to get their businesses off the ground and this decision adds even more challenges.
Some of the Bay Area groups sponsoring this protest are:
- Solidarity Sunday WC
- Contra Costa MoveOn
- Courage Campaign Contra Costa
- Lamorinda Peace and Justice
- CA Immigrant and Religious Community Protection Coalition
- East Bay Action Coalition
- Together We Will Contra Costa
- OFA Contra Costa
- Indivisible 4C
- Orinda Progressive Action Alliance
- Indivisible Resisters Walnut Creek
December 14, Friday, 6–8 p.m. — Assemblywoman Catharine Baker
Holiday Open House and Toy/Food Drive
Come get the latest updates on the state legislature and drop off a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item to help families in the community.