Demand Progress Plans Net-Neutrality Protests at Verizon Stores

Group to target former employer of FCC chair on Dec. 7

With FCC chair Ajit Pai widely expected to circulate his order rolling back of the Title II based Open Internet order Tuesday (Nov. 21) for a vote at the Dec. 14 public meeting, Demand Progress said it will protest at 14 Verizon retail stores across the country on Dec. 7.

Pai is a former Verizon attorney.

The goal is to try to get holiday shoppers to press Congress to step in and stop the FCC, but that is unlikely given that the Republican majority is generally on the same page with Pai about reclassifying ISPs as information services not subject to mandatory access requirements of Title II common carriers.

"By protesting at Verizon stores, we’re shining light on the corruption and demanding that our local lawmakers take action to stop the FCC," the group said.

Demand Progress is also setting up "texting teams" to try and drive supporters to the protests.