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Crowdfunded ads that aim to put pressure on a US regulator before it proposes new net neutrality rules have appeared in Washington DC.
The campaign was organised by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
It urges people to phone the watchdog and oppose it allowing telecom firms to charge for prioritised data delivery.Crowdfunded Ads Appear Ahead of Net Neutrality Vote [bbc.co.uk]
The Federal Communications Commission is poised to vote on the most controversial Internet policy proposal in years, after opponents of the plan — from both sides of the political spectrum — launched a furious last-minute lobbying campaign to influence the outcome.
Net neutrality advocates have been camping out for days in front of the FCC’s office, which has struggled to maintain open phone lines under a torrent of calls. Wheeler, an avowed supporter of Open Internet principles, came out to chat with the protestors on Wednesday morning, and was even photographed wielding a “Honk for the Open Internet” sign.
“Since Wheeler’s proposal was first reported in the media we’ve sent hundreds of calls to the FCC on a daily basis,” says Tim Karr, senior director of strategy at D.C.-based public-interest group Free Press, a longtime Net-neutrality-advocacy group.