Net neutrality protests planned across the country Thursday, including in Reno

(MGN Online)

Thousands of net neutrality supporters across the country are expected to protest Thursday against an upcoming FCC vote that would roll back rules that supporters say keep the internet free and open.

Net neutrality is a concept that prevents internet service providers from discriminating against certain content by slowing or blocking some websites.

Many of the net neutrality protests will be held at Verizon stores, since FCC chairman Ajit Pai, who's leading the charge to scale back net neutrality, spent several years as Verizon's legal counsel before working for the regulatory agency.

Reno's net neutrality protest will begin at the Smithridge Verizon location at 5000 Smithridge Drive.

Supporters will gather there around noon before walking to the Reno office of Congressman Mark Amodei around 1 p.m.

On December 14, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote on regulations to repeal net neutrality.

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