Members of the Napa County Green Party invite the community to join our protest to save net neutrality this Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. in front of the Napa Verizon store at 1715 Trancas Street.

Under net neutrality rules, the Internet is classified as a protected utility. Internet service providers, such as AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon, must treat all data on the Internet the same. They cannot discriminate by speeding up or slowing down traffic or blocking content, applications, or websites you want to use. This is how the Internet has always been— a free and open platform— and how most Americans (77 percent according to a recent poll) want it to remain.

However, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has proposed new rules to gut net neutrality. The FCC will vote on the proposal on Dec. 14, which is why we must act now.

Once again, the U.S. government is attempting to strip the taxpayers of our assets. The Internet was created out of taxpayer money and is owned by taxpayers. Much like other public utilities, the Internet has become a necessity. The public relies on the Internet for many important daily functions, including educational research and political organizing. We must retain ownership of the Internet and maintain fair and equal access to information for everyone.

Please join one of the many protests happening this Thursday, Dec. 7, nationwide by joining our local protest at the Napa Verizon store.

Amy Martenson

Napa

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