At&t, Sprint, and Verizon: Protect Consumer Choice on the Internet
  • Petitioned Thomas J Tauke

This petition was delivered to:

Executive Vice President - Public Affairs, Policy and Communications, Verizon
Thomas J Tauke
Randall L. Stephenson, CEO
AT&T Inc.
Dan Hesse, CEO
Sprint Nextel Corporation
CEO, Verizon Communications
Lowell Adams
Bob Barish, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Bob Barish

At&t, Sprint, and Verizon: Protect Consumer Choice on the Internet

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      Silver Spring, MD

As a small business owner, I depend on the Internet, and my access to it on a wireless device to successfully run my company. My web company, Leaping Bytes, has created apps like MapPocket which allows you to put online maps in your pocket, so you can use them later without an Internet connection. We are a small company trying to do big things. Beyond work, I use the internet on my phone for everything from reading the news to getting driving directions and checking out my Facebook page. But I’m alarmed that AT&T, Verizon and Sprint can influence which websites I visit and which businesses I access on my smartphone – and, even worse, the success of my online business.

Your wireless services are currently free to speed up connections to websites and apps that pay for faster service, while slowing down service to others. For example, wireless Internet companies like yours are free to make deals that give preference for shopping to one web site (like Amazon) but not another (like eBay), or that make the download speed for one site faster than the other –  unfairly pushing consumers to the faster site.

That worries me. Big companies and the most popular apps often start as small ideas, and if you show preference to the big companies with deep wallets, then many, like me, won’t have the same chance to compete and succeed.

Shareholders of AT&T, Verizon and Sprint are going to vote in April and May on this issue, called “network neutrality.” This vote is a critical opportunity for you to come together with your investors and do what is best for your business – and that’s doing right by your customers and the millions of businesses that depend on the way you choose to run yours. Right now, your companies have a choice: to protect consumer choice and the free market on the Internet or to undercut your customers and businesses across the country and damage your reputation as a result. I support wireless network neutrality and urge you and all of your shareholders – big and small – to come together to protect an open Internet for entrepreneurs and customers.

Recent signatures


    1. Net neutrality proposal gets 5.9% of AT&T shareholder votes

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      by E T
      Petition Organizer

      On April 27th shareholders of AT&T met to vote on wireless net neutrality issue.
      Unfortunately, the proposal was voted down: 5.9 percent of shareholders voted in favor of true network neutrality, with 94.1 percent of shareholders opposed it. There is a good news though - the vote met the 3 percent threshold for the proposal to be automatically placed on next year's ballot (the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission set the 3 percent threshold for resubmitting a proposal). This means that the issue is going to remain on the company's agenda with its shareholders for at least another year.
      Similar proposals on wireless network neutrality are scheduled for votes at the upcoming annual meetings of Verizon Communications on May 3 and Sprint Nextel on May 15.

    2. Reached 30,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jessica Franco AUSTIN, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Sssh. My common sense is tingling.

    • Zvonimir-Bruno Haman MAKATI, PHILIPPINES
      • over 2 years ago

      Because internet should be knowledge base for all human beings.

    • Kenneth Yablinsky PHOENIX, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      Stop the monopolies

    • Clifford Huffman CHRISMAN, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Tired of the big business trying to squash the entrepreneurial spirit of America!

    • Kenneth Miller HNTNGTN STA, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      There has always been a tension between what's best for our county and the old boy network, who want to hold on to what they have without having to work to keep it. This discourages the best products and services rising to the top by their own merit. Your petition seems like it is meant to address this problem, so I would be proud to sign it.

      Ken Miller


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