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Protesters rally at Vance Monument to support net neutrality

A small group of protesters gathered Thursday afternoon in Asheville to voice their support for net neutrality. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A small group of protesters gathered Thursday afternoon in Asheville to voice their support for net neutrality.

The FCC chair announced in November his intention to end net neutrality regulations. Those regulations prevent internet service providers from slowing down certain websites or charging more to access them.

"All sorts of media over the time has found a way to milk consumers for every dollar that they have, and this is those big companies coming again and saying, 'Hey, we missed out on the ability to crack down at the beginning.' And the internet turned into its own thing, which is really a property of the people, and it shouldn't become a property of corporations," small business owner Nate Glass said at the gathering in front of Vance Monument.

Those against net neutrality said the rules implemented by the FCC in 2015 have stifled innovation and hurt internet service providers.

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