Protesters in New York voiced their concern over legislation that would grant phone companies a federal franchise to offer TV service. They also oppose legislation that does not provide any protection for .
In addition, the group used the opportunity to voice concern over the phone companies' alleged cooperation with the National Security Agency to assemble a large database of Americans' phone records.
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