Representatives from a variety of startups, public advocacy groups like Engine Advocacy as well as the New York Tech Meetup flocked to Washington D.C. this Friday and met with senior congressional staffers as well as FCC staffers to voice their support for strong net neutrality protections in response to the FCC’s plans to allow ISPs to charge content companies for access to internet fast lanes.

Meetup’s general counsel David Pashman told me in an interview Friday afternoon that his company decided to participate because it wanted to counter the organized lobbying efforts by the cable industry. He declined to comment on other startups that joined the effort, but I have heard that Kickstarter and Tumblr were also part of it. Some companies are set to continue their lobbying efforts throughout the weekend and next week.

Pashman said that the timing of these efforts was crucial: The FCC is expected to…

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