Activists, Dems plan net neutrality rally outside FCC

Activists, Dems plan net neutrality rally outside FCC
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Activists are planning a protest outside the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday as the agency is expected to vote to repeal its landmark net neutrality rules.

The rally will feature speakers like Rep. Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonHillicon Valley: House panel advances election security bill | GOP senator targets YouTube with bill on child exploitation | Hicks told Congress Trump camp felt 'relief' after release of Clinton docs | Commerce blacklists five Chinese tech groups Four more states join attorneys general lawsuit to block T-Mobile-Sprint merger Hillicon Valley: Facebook unveils new cryptocurrency | Waters wants company to halt plans | Democrats look to force votes on election security | Advertisers partner with tech giants on 'digital safety' | House GOP unveils cyber agenda MORE (D-Minn.), Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOn The Money: S&P hits record as stocks rally on Fed cut hopes | Facebook's new cryptocurrency raises red flags for critics | Internal IRS watchdog rips agency's taxpayer service | Apple seeks tariff relief Facebook's new cryptocurrency raises red flags for critics Facebook's crypto experiment will languish on Capitol Hill MORE (D-Calif.) and Symone Sanders, a former spokeswoman for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Progressive group launches campaign to identify voters who switch to Warren MORE’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign. The event will be hosted by a coalition of consumer groups called the Voices for Internet Freedom.

The FCC is expected to vote along party lines on Thursday to scrap the regulations preventing companies like Comcast and Verizon from restricting access to content or prioritizing some websites over others.

Net neutrality supporters have been making a last-ditch drive to try to save the rules from repeal, though the GOP-controlled Congress has shown little interest in intervening.

If passed, the proposal will get rid of the FCC’s restrictions on internet service providers and give the Federal Trade Commission jurisdiction to police the industry for unfair or deceptive practices — an approach that most Republicans believe will lead to a lighter regulatory touch, while supporters of the FCC rules say that it won’t be enough to prevent broadband companies from abusing their powers.