Stop Data Capping!
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Stop Data Capping!

    1. David Smith
    2. Petition by

      David Smith

      Los Angeles, CA

Did you know that your Internet provider may have started dictating “how much” of the Internet you may use?  Leading Internet Service Providers (ISPs), such as AT&T, have started a new, little publicized billing change that results in your usage being capped–in the form of fines, throttling, or denial of services--for exceeding your allotted usage.

As a user who supports a free and open Internet, I am more than willing to pay for the service.  However, just as the DMV cannot dictate how many miles you can drive, neither should your ISP dictate how much Internet you can use.  Worse, billions in taxpayer dollars have already been spent to lay America’s next-generation fiber optic lines, which were designed to provide ample broadband to all users--an enormous internet infrastructure which ISPs like AT&T refuse to use.

The Internet is about world-wide access to information, but information is of little use if we cannot obtain it with free and complete access.  Having a capped Internet cannot help but hurt access to businesses and home users–particularly with today’s media bandwidth requirements growing by leaps and bounds.  What is more, companies like AT&T count viewing Netflix as taking up your bandwidth allotment–whereas using AT&T’s new movie streaming service is not counted as an infraction.  This is a clear violation of Net Neutrality, and at its very worse, another potential bottleneck for the freedom of information around the world.  Who is AT&T and other ISPs to dictate how you use the Internet?  Please sign our petition to ask AT&T to return to a model of billing without caps.

Data Capping as a form of Censorship -

http://dksmediasolutions.com/blog/2012/02/19/why-data-caps-are-censorship-by-david-k-smith/

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. AT&T Should Be Investigated for ‘Fraudulent’ Data Policies

      David Smith
      Petition Organizer

      A public interest group states that AT&T's data capping is arbitrary, and at worse, fraudulent.

    3. Customers Launch Petition Drive with Change.org to Stop Data Capping

      David Smith
      Petition Organizer

      This article from Stop the Cap.com notes the petition's presence on Change.org and also discusses the details of the petition letter.

    4. Reached 250 signatures

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    • michael dague COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA
      • 1 day ago

      i cant download my pc games that i pay for

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    • Erik Blom ASHEVILLE, NC
      • 17 days ago

      it should already be just a public service like water and sewer

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    • Colin Yellen SMITHS FALLS, CANADA
      • 26 days ago

      I'm signing because capping is idiotic and I can't watch YouTube without going over the monthly bill. The internet is free so should watching videos on it.

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    • Charisse Carver GRASS VALLEY, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      I think data caps are horrendous violations of our rights and will potentially harm our economy.

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    • George Mardeni MARIETTA, GA
      • about 1 month ago

      It is irrational to have people use limited amount of internet at home! The internet should be ilimited at home. I can tolerate phone data usage cap, but not at home!!!

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