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How to watch the FCC net neutrality meeting live

You'll be there in spirit.


Fran Berkman


Posted on May 15, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 7:38 am CDT

The future of the Internet is in jeopardy.

That’s the rallying cry among activists who’ve gathered outside the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), as the agency prepares for a Thursday meeting to discuss new rules that could either preserve or fracture net neutrality.

Taking a cue from the Occupy Wall Street movement, several of these net neutrality demonstrators, led by the activist group Fight for the Future, have been camped out for more than a week. Those who couldn’t make it to Washington, D.C., could still experience Thursday’s rally through a livestream that has since gone off air.

What happens at Thursday’s FCC 10:30 a.m. ET meeting will give us a better sense of whether the agency wants to maintain an open Internet, as it once promised, or, as later reported, pave an Internet “fast lane,” through which content providers like Netflix could pay Internet service providers to deliver their data to customers at faster rates. The flip side is that services that don’t pay will be relegated to Internet “slow lanes.”

To get a front-row seat in the FCC’s meeting, simply click here or here and launch the video, which should go live as soon as the meeting begins.

Read this for more background on the various scenarios would affect the Internet. Here are a few images of the scene at the FCC building Thursday morning.

.@FCC seen our @fightfortheftr sign? DON’T BREAK THE INTERNET #occupythefcc #realnetneutrality

— Fight for the Future (@fightfortheftr) May 15, 2014

Visiting the net neutrality campers (@ Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – @fccdotgov)

— Elise Hu (@elisewho) May 14, 2014

3411687 ppl signed petition to say FCC: A Free & Open Internet for All @YourAnonLive @YourAnonNews @DCMediaGroup

— Harris from the Post (@rousseau_ist) May 15, 2014

.@TomWheelerFCC meets #SaveTheInternet ldrs @notaaroncraig @mattfwood @ammori @stevenrenderos @etsy @demandprogress

— Gigi Sohn (@GigiBSohnFCC) May 15, 2014

Photo by Fight for the Future/Twitter

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*First Published: May 15, 2014, 10:12 am CDT