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 (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)
(Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

As the Federal Communications Commission considered changes to net neutrality rules designed to preserve an open Internet, some people said the environment at the agency’s public meeting this week was anything but open.

John Donnelly, a reporter for CQ Roll Call, said he was "manhandled" by two FCC security guards when he tried to question Commissioner Michael O’Rielly as he left the room after voting on Thursday to start dismantling the online traffic rules.

"Not only did they get in between me and O’Rielly but they put their shoulders together and simultaneously backed me up into the wall and pinned me to the wall for about 10 seconds just as I started to say, 'Commissioner O’Rielly, I have a question,'" Donnelly said Friday.

Donnelly said he was stopped long enough to allow O’Rielly to walk away.

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