Net Protest Hits Home for Wheeler

Title II fans took their "Occupy" protest to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's house Monday, parking a large banner in his driveway and greeting him when he came out with chants of "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Tom Wheeler has got to go."

There is also a plan to bookend the protest with a "vigil" at Wheeler's Georgetown home.

That is according to a video of the protest, which was organized by, the same group that Occupied the FCC in early May before the vote on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on new Open Internet Rules.

In a video of the protest (, Wheeler helps hold up a  "Save the Internet Sign" as he listens to the protestors, who had been sitting behind his car to keep him from leaving. He thanks them as he is serenaded with a song: "Which side are you on, Tom."

Wheeler listensto their complaints and says that he is working on solutions including Title II. "This is an important issue," Wheeler says, shaking his fist. Then asks: "Can I get out of my driveway now?," adding: "You are violating my rights."

Asked if the protest was an "occupy" that would continue in front of Wheeler's house, protestor Margaret Flowers ( e-mailed: "We will do whatever it takes to nonviolently pressure Wheeler to listen to the people. We will be back tonight to vigil at Wheeler's house and will take it from  there. We have other plans for tomorrow and the rest of the week and will Occupy if that's what it takes. the ball is in Wheeler's court now. It's up to him. If he announces publicly his support for full Title II reclassification, we will be happy."

“We’re blockading Tom Wheeler’s driveway because he’s made it clear that when he goes to work, he’s not working for the public, he’s working for Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T, the companies that used to pay his salary when he was a lobbyist for the Cable industry,” said Kevin Zeese, co-director of Popular Resistance, according to Fight for the Future. “The future of the Internet is a life or death matter for marginalized people all over the world."

Popular Resistance is asking its followers and other Title II fans to join them for a vigil at Wheeler's home as well as a Save the Internet "dance party" Nov. 13 at Lafayette Park outside the White House.

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John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.