Tell FCC to stop Paywalls that could take Free and Open Internet away.
  • Petitioned Meredith Baker

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Tell FCC to stop Paywalls that could take Free and Open Internet away.

    1. Cody Swain
    2. Petition by

      Cody Swain

      North Richland Hills, TX

Is your favorite news site behind a paywall or going behind one in the future? If so,you are not alone.With in the past few year many newspaper publications are trying a new business model to charge for content online but they don't realize that these paywalls are taking the openness and freedom away from the internet. What is a paywall?

A paywall blocks access to a web page with a screen requiring payment and most news media sites are erecting them because their ad revenue is down and they think charging users/readers will help increase revenue but a survey from this source http://stateofthemedia.org/2011/mobile-survey/ shows that nearly 3/4 of the people said they would not pay for news online but news publishers are still not listening.So who has or who will have a paywall on their site.Some have full paywalls,some have metered models which limit you 5-30 pages a month before asking you to pay a subscription to continue reading.

Ones who have paywalls: NYTimes,Financial Times,Dallas Morning News,The Times(UK),The Wall Street Journal,and a dozen news sites have a paywall from Journalism Online llc "Press+" which is urging 1500 other news publications and websites to use a paywall.

Who will have a paywall:Boston Globe,The Telegraph in Britain,SF Chronicle,1500 news media sites who signed with "Press+",and a dozen are testing a paywall from Google.Yes Google is getting into this as well and sadly paywalls pose a threat in the near future to ending the open and free internet we all love and making it into a closed and expensive internet we would hate.

So why is the news media charging online now? Because the newspaper industry is dying out and more people are using their computer,cellphone,or mobile device to get their news and because AD revenue is not helping them make money.Why is ad revenue not helping the news industry? Well for one thing they don't draw any attention to the reader and ads are built to interest,attract,and draw the readers attention not annoy them.TV ads,Business ads,food ads,and local ads usually do the best in my opinion.The other reason why they are charging is to preserve the quality of the content and journalism which makes no since to anyone including me.The best way to make content and journalism great quality is to read it,not pay for it.The internet is built to be free and open like the FCC but is a paywall keeping internet free and open? I don't think so.I would say they are making internet closed and locked up until you pay for it.

If you want free news online on your favorite news source like you always had until it asked you to pay for it with the paywall or more importantly a free and open internet.I urge you to stand up today and tell the FCC and or Congress to make laws that tear down or stop paywalls from taking affect and encourage the News media to use better ad revenue models by putting up better ads that draw attention to the reader.Please sign this petition so we can save our money for something better. So tell the FCC or if you want to tell Congress that you are fed up with these paywalls popping up on your favorite news source you follow everyday.

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    • Richard Fath HAZLETON, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      It just adds up to total corporate greed.

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    • Cody Swain NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      Check out this presentation

      http://www.theopeninter.net/

      AT&T is not the only one doing this takeover of free internet.We also need to worry about Verizon and Comcast as well and we also need to worry about this paywall model that newspapers are putting up on their websites that Murdoch and his allies want.

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    • Maneesh Pangasa YUMA, AZ
      • over 3 years ago

      Please stop giant greedy and immoral corporations offering broadband service from errecting toll booths which amount to pay walls on the Internet and becoming corporate gatekeepers online who can discriminate against legal content, services and applications online that compete with the cable companies digital cable TV services or the phone companies voice services and video services.

      Do not let them carve up the Net into an unequal two-tiered Internet with a slow public lane for us and a fast private for profit lane for them. Should they be allowed to further consolidate the fixed broadband marketplace and to reduce competition in wireless also they will have greater power to discriminate and block websites or services they dislike or at least unfairly slow them down.

      As President Obama stated as a candidate for Presidency in 2008 when he affirmed his commitment to Network Neutrality he said that ISPs cannot be allowed to prioritize connections because once they start to do so smaller voices get squeezed out. Mainly noncommercial and nonprofit organizations online who cannot afford to pay the extortion tolls to big cable and phone companies will get stuck behind in a slow lane and anyone trying to access their websites will find the websites to load slowly. Network Neutrality prevents ISPs from making FOXNews.com load faster or slower than HuffingtonPost.com

      We need common carrier Network Neutrality rules of nondiscrimination to be applied to both fixed and wireless broadband (at the very least fixed needs it - and needs it more so -- if wireless gets as anti competitive with the impending AT&T T Mobil merger yet to be approved or rejected it too will need the same protections even more so than at present) under Title II of the Telecommunications Act giving the FCC statutory authority to protect consumers and innovators online from ISP discrimination. We need to keep the free and open Internet free and open to encourage greater public participation -- we need more competition in fixed and wireless markets to bring down prices, increase consumer choices and provide better quality services and to ensure the Net remains an open platform for individual free speech online -- enabling free flow of communication, information and commerce unhindered by giant cable and phone companies. Of course these companies hate any rules governing how they can operate even simple Net Neutrality rules. The FCC can reclassify broadband under Title II and exempt line sharing and price control rules on the Internet providers while still using Title II to have statutory authority for Network Neutrality as proposed earlier by Chairman Julius Genachowski of the FCC.

      These ISPs want to destroy the free and open Internet as it exists today and often make misleading statements to suggest they are not trying to do so and/or having a closed Net is supported by the Internet Engineering Task Force which does not support those views at all. They want to create new prioritized services under the managed services moniker where users can access new services like telemedicine, and advanced new Video On Demand based Internet Protocol Television Services, Voice Over Internet Protocol services that can be discriminated against by the ISPs.

      We cannot let the Net be fractured into a non discriminatory slow public lane and a fast prioritized for profit discriminatory lane. Also just as we must keep the Net free and open of corporate gatekeepers we must also do so for the Wireless Web. Mobile users with smartphones and tablet computer devices have the same right to have open, nondiscriminatory access as users accessing the wired web.

      Don't let them get away with discriminating on the mobile web nor the Internet.

      A less troubling but serious concern: look into the matter of websites errecting paywalls themselves where you to have make a payment before you can see a specific webpage. Paywalls block access to webpages with screens requiring payments. A number of news media sites are errecting them because their ad revenue is down and they think charging users/readers will help increase revenue even though a survey found from this source http://stateofthemedia.org/2011/mobile-survey/ shows that nearly 3/4 of the people said they would not pay for news online but news publishers are still not listening.So who has or who will have a paywall on their site.Some have full paywalls,some have metered models which limit you 5-30 pages a month before asking you to pay a subscription to continue reading.

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