The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on whether to repeal net neutrality regulations. Critics claim ending the 2015 rules will allow Internet Service Providers, like Verizon and Comcast, to block or slow down certain websites.
Nationwide protests against FCC Chairman (and former Verizon lawyer) Ajit Pai’s support of abolishing net neutrality will take place at Verizon stores and Congressional offices on December 7. The protestors are calling on Congress to stop the FCC’s planned vote on December 14.
Over 150 musicians, actors, artists, and comedians have signed a letter endorsing the demonstrations. Hip Hop star Talib Kweli, EDM performer Bassnectar, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, rock band Incubus, Who’s the Boss? actress Alyssa Milano, and Star Trek actor Wil Wheaton are among the celebrities to put their name on the document addressed to the U.S. Congress.
“For the artists of the future, and the culture of the future, we will not be silent. Title II guarantees net neutrality and prevents powerful telecom giants like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon from deciding what art, as well as what news, is easily accessible online,” reads the letter, in part.
It continues, “If the FCC votes to gut these protections it will explicitly allow Internet providers to charge extra fees that amount to a tax on the entire creative economy. A few corporations will have control over what you see and hear, while independent and up-and-coming artists’ ability to make a living will be devastated.”
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