Hundreds of activists plan rally outside FCC building in D.C. to 'Save the Internet,' protect net neutrality

(WJLA) – Hundreds of activists are planning to rally outside of the Federal Communications Commission’s building in D.C. Thursday to protest FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to govern Internet traffic.

Under Wheeler’s proposal, the FCC would prohibit companies from blocking traffic, but could give them the freedom to offer faster service to Internet companies like Netflix and Google that chose to pay a fee, according to the Washington Post.

The rally, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., is just part of a larger online demonstration against the proposed guidelines.

May 15 was declared a day of action by supporters of net neutrality who want a free and open Internet. An online petition from the “Save the Internet” coalition asking that Wheeler’s proposal be discarded has already collected more than 3 million signatures.