Protesters gather in Kirkland as FCC votes to change net neutrality rules

Protesters gather in Kirkland May 15 to protest the FCC
Protesters gather in Kirkland May 15 to protest the FCC's vote to change the rules on net neutrality.
— image credit: TJ Martinell - Kirkland Reporter


A protest of 20-30 people was held Thursday in Kirkland against the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), as it voted to make changes regulating Internet Service Providers (ISP).

The protest was part of a nation-wide event in which protests were held at FCC regional offices throughout the country pushing for net neutrality.

The protesters in Kirkland gathered outside of what was believed to be the FCC's Seattle Regional Office at 1410 NE 122nd Way, but several individuals in the building's lobby stated that the FFC no longer has an office there. The lobby directory did not have the FFC listed.

According to a spokesperson at the FCC's Office of Media Relations located in Washington D.C., the Seattle regional office no longer exists.

Thursday the FCC voted 3-2 to move forward with a set of proposed changes, among which would ban ISPs from blocking or slowing down access to websites, but it would allow them to charge more for faster and more efficient delivery of content.


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