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Protest at Google for Net Neutrality
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On Friday, August 13th citizens supporting internet neutrality gathered in front of Google headquarters in Mountain View, California to protest Google's poorly veiled attempt to look as if they support principles of net neutrality.
The Raging Grannies performed a skit for a crowd of over 100 people who came to demonstrate against Google's proposal to the FCC. One of the Grannies said into a microphone before the crowd. "The FCC doesn't need input from Google OR Verizon. Those are companies the FCC is supposed to be overseeing. The Google-Verizon plan actually works AGAINST the concepts of true internet neutrality because those companies are motivated by profit." Another one of the Grannies added, "When Google says they support internet neutrality the opposite is actually true. They are actually laying the groundwork to protect their markets".
The Raging Grannies cheered on other speakers including Yolanda Hippensteele who led the demonstrators in cheers and helped organize members from a coalition of organizations including Save the Internet.
Cheers included: Internet Freedom under attack. What do we do? Stand up fight back! Songs included one that asked "Can the fox be trusted to guard the henhouse?" in which the Grannies asked the FCC why they would seek input from corporations they are tasked with overseeing.
One of the Grannies who portrayed the FCC in the skit (in which the FCC cowers before Google) talks to the New York Times
Yolanda listens to reporters' questions