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Force Comcast to stop gathering info of their customers when they access the internet

Due to the reversal of FCC regulations and laws under U.S. President Donald Trump, as of May 1, 2017, broadband internet service suppliers, such as cable and telecommunications companies, can track and sell a customer’s online information. This means that ISPs (Internet Service Providers) right now can track location, internet usage, financial records, and history. On top of the provocative changes already made, ISPs no longer have to alert one if a hacker has gained access to this data, so you never know who has control of your information thanks to the internet. Our goal is to stop and spread awareness of the potential safety hazards that it produces, as well as provide a solution. In order to target and solve this problem we urge Comcast, the largest ISP, to become a leader and example of good ISP practices by stopping the tracking or selling any and all consumer data. We believe that the change in policy government has initiated is a breach of privacy, and not just or legal under the 14th amendment of the constitution. As for some it is near impossible to switch ISP’s, not to mention inability function without the internet in today’s world. According to Slate however, what makes it worse is the lack of protection the ISP’s put on our information once they have it, leaving it vulnerable to hackers and others who wish to use that information to harm us. As you can imagine, lack of protection of financial information as well as location and browsing history can lead to many unfortunate situations, the primary of which is blackmail. According to NPR, with this information now in the hands of the ISP’s there is very little we can do to protect ourselves. The natural question is then, what can we do? Seeing as this just passed congress, and given the current look of congress we believe there is no hope in fixing this on the federal level. So we must convince the ISP’s to not use the power they now have. We are specifically targeting Comcast, the current largest provider in the U.S. If we can convince the largest ISP that as consumers we will not stand for all of our information being tracked and sold, then we can create a market where choices are reasonable, and we will not be forced to worry about safety, privacy or security. However, just signing a petition is not enough, we are ask you to vote with your wallet and boycott Comcast until they agree to no longer track our information. This will start a world where we can all have our privacy and feel secure using the things we have to for work, school, and leisure.

Grant Liberman
188,403 supporters
Petitioning Federal communications, Federal Communications Commission, President of the United States, AT&T, Comcast

If Net Neutrality is Repealed, I Will Boycott Internet Services

In an American era where the values of free speech, progress, and innovation are increasingly threatened, the free and equal internet serves as a haven for ingenuity, discovery, and cultural conversation. Media monopolies finally have a figurehead seated at the helm of the FCC. Their current move to 'deregulate' the free and equal internet is a move to hand the internet over to the same corporate powers that have been taking over our government. Underground and smaller-scale artists, writers, activists, and entrepreneurs will be silenced; Political discourse can be orchestrated behind the scenes; The ears and eyes, hearts, minds and wallets of the American public will be sold to the highest bidder. We've all heard remarks that the loss of a free and equal internet could be a call to simpler times. Many of us have learned helplessness in the face of threats to our basic freedoms, where efforts to mobilize in an attempt to save things as basic as freedom of speech and clean water are being squashed by the Oligarchy. With an internet that continues to be consumed, but is controlled by big money and devoid of the true voices of the people, we will be moving into an era of information monopoly, control, and censorship. In the case that protections for a free and equal internet are revoked: The only way to ensure that we will retain a sense of efficacy as consumers, and perhaps the only way to make these soul-less corporations feel our distain, is to promptly cancel at least one of our subscriptions to the 'services' they are selling us, if not all, at least temporarily (if not permanently). So much of the American population has grown accustomed to being 'plugged-in' on a 24-hour basis. While those who suffer from an addiction to social media may not be willing to take such drastic action, those of us who lived at least part of our adult lives without forums, selfies, and non-stop social simulation could wield a powerful force to influence a future in which truth and freedom will continue to be harbored and accessible in American media. WE, THE PEOPLE, WILL SEVER SUBSCRIPTIONS, PAYMENTS, AND TIES TO SERVICE PROVIDERS IN THE CASE THAT NET NEUTRALITY IS REPEALED. In 2015, the average subscription pay-TV customer paid $123 per month for pay-TV (www.fool.com). That same year, figures for monthly internet service averaged $50 per month, I'm currently billed at about $60 for home service and an additional $15 for mobile internet. If the internet becomes infiltrated by corporate interest and content geared toward funneling sales and political power, it will become one giant algorithmic salesman, generating desires and problems in order to tout solutions in the guise of choice. Many will go about their daily lives oblivious, responding to the online assault in predictable ways, by making purchases and forming beliefs they will not even be aware of. I refuse to pay someone to come into my home and try to influence my mind, my actions, and how I choose to waste my time and money. I would rather give that money over to a few DVD rentals, lunch with a group of concerned citizens, a night out at the movies, and the independent media outlet of my choosing. Though many of us may not have fallen prey to the addictive nature of social media, we continue to consume entertainment via the internet, we have uploaded vast stores of our own personal media (photos, video, music, cloud storage) to the internet, and we connect with friends both near and far. To put it bluntly, they think they have us by the balls. It's time to put our money where our minds are, out of the control of those who seek to control us.  Join me in vowing to cancel all subscriptions to internet and cable services in the unfortunate event that our free and equal internet is handed over to American monopolies. You can commit to end subscriptions for a month, a year, or indefinitely. When you sign your name, decide how long you will disconnect and share your commitment with your circle of friends. If protections are repealed, those who vow to hit these monsters where it hurts will immediately cease payments and subscriptions. We will announce our departures and then share some of the cool things we're doing in lieu of daily internet engagement from a seat at the local Mom and Pop shop once or twice a week. Where we have will, we will find or make a way. Imagine $60-$100 per person committing to cancel their services, per month! This is the only way to get the greediest of the greedy to listen the voice of the people. 

Troubled Girl
9,814 supporters
Petitioning Universal City Studios, LLC, Comcast, NBC, FOX Broadcasting Company, Hulu

Bring Back Sliders

It's been years since the finale of the scifi series Sliders. But a new beginning could close the book to a job unfinished. Those first two seasons had the perfect blend of adventure, fiction and comedy. It was the 90s, it was a time where things were indeed more simple and less complicated. There’s no question that it was the golden era for science fiction on television. Any and every 90s show seems to be getting the nod for a reboot. Whether it be Full House, or the X-Files there’s something missing and it’s Sliders. There’s one supreme advantage that Sliders has over these other shows. It’s the literal unlimited possibilities writers could create for parallel worlds. And I’m afraid that your studio, Universal Studios, fails to see this as an advantage. Jerry O’Connell once said that’s why he loves Sliders so much because “its not like other televisions shows where you’re stuck in a emergency room every episode or you’re stuck in police precinct. It’s a different show every week.” The possibilities are indeed endless with different dimensions. The man to get the job done for a miniseries would be Sliders co-creator Tracy Tormé who has won the hearts and minds of a cult scifi generation. When Slidecage interviewed Jerry O’Connell and talked about a possible reprise he mentioned that Tormé is the boss. And rightly so. He would be the one who has seen what has worked and what hasn’t in his time working on Sliders. His experience with writing and negotiating in a day and age where the parallel universe concept is becoming more widely known is key to success. If you’re truly connected to a story and characters of a science fiction medium you want to know the whole story, not a new one. What would “Back to the Future” be without Michael J. Fox? Or “Indiana Jones” without Harrison Ford? There are many fans here and abroad waiting, hoping, believing that a return will happen. That’s not to say a series reinvention is out of the question, but capping off a cliffhanger story is more important. Obviously it wouldn’t be an easy feat to explain a resolution to the chaos that ensued over two and a half seasons. Trying to tell a new story to new viewers and old diehard fans would require a delicate and precise balancing act.  A theatrical movie would be out of the question. The average movie length is two hours which would likely not give enough time to wrap up the past and give us more action beyond that. A continuation with a new season six could end up in disaster with cast changes or even cancellation without a resolution yet again. It would seem the only viable option is a miniseries that could not only give enough screen time but allow a set finale that would leave everyone happy. Finally at that point, a reinvention or next generation would seem appropriate. Sliders went through a lot in five seasons. Actors left the show, plots drastically changed at times, and the series ended on a cliffhanger. Nevertheless Sliders still had very high ratings and kept continuity in it’s fifth and final season. Many would call the Sliders story a train wreck that could never be put back together. If Universal Studios leaves it a mess, its essentially a cheap shot to it’s fans. Let me explain. Co-Creator Tracy Tormé saw the need for viewers to be “in the know” about cliffhangers from one season to the next. The season one finale told the story about Quinn getting shot and the FOX Network felt no explantation was needed to show Quinn on his feet in the season two premiere episode. Essentially as Tormé puts it FOX wanted to “alienate the audience” and tell them you don’t matter, nor does the story. We do matter and we’re here to tell you that. Most of us would be delighted to see the original fantastic four return. Jerry O’Connell would definitely be interested with Tormé at the helm and I can’t help but feel Cleavant Derricks would be on board, especially after outlasting every other original cast member through its five year run. Obviously John Rhys-Davies and Sabrina Lloyd may be in question. Rhys-Davies had a difficult departure from the series to say the least, and Lloyd is overseas. Deep down Quinn, Rembrandt, Wade and the Professor are the bread and butter. And everyone knows it. Sliders doesn’t need to grow mature. Growing up in the 90s, Sliders was a relatively moral television series. Whether it be the violence of “The Walking Dead” or the sexual obsession in “Game of Thrones”, television shows today are pushing violent and sexual boundaries to the extreme. Sliders is something that was fun, comedic and adventurous in a wholesome way. If you have a good story there’s really no need for sexualizing and creating graphic violent scenes. Networks have really taken what was sparsely seen in the 90s and used it exponentially today for ratings. It’d be great to see the kids growing up today to experience such a show as we did in the 90s. Adventurous. Fun. Clean. Yet smart. Time is of essence. The prolific actor John Rhys-Davies is getting up in age along with the Tony Award winner Cleavant Derricks. Why wouldn’t you take the opportunity to bring back a show with John Rhys-Davies? The man has been a staple in blockbuster movie franchises such as “Indiana Jones”, “Lord of the Rings” and even “007”. It would only take time to tie up a loose end that co-creator Tracy Tormé was never able to finish and thats the wrong Arturo who slid with the Sliders after the episode “Post Traumatic Slide Syndrome”.  The existence of countless Sliders fan websites, fan fiction, it’s success on Netflix and presence in pop culture is still strong. Reviving the show to it’s roots with the original actors would be a television success with Tracy Tormé. It only takes a bit of research to discover how embedded Sliders is in the hearts and minds of TV fanatics. We haven’t forgotten. Take a look. ‘Haven’t you seen? Heard? Haven’t you looked around? Hasn’t any of this affected you at all? The universe has no conscience. So we have to.’ Don’t blow it. Thomas Birchfield www.slidecage.com, info@slidecage.com

Thomas Birchfield
3,277 supporters
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Petitioning Bridget Lepore, Brianna Riggi, Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Federal Communications Commission

The Battle for Net Neutrality

Do you want start paying for Internet access, emails, text messages, and so much more? Most people like how the internet is now without paying for it so why change it? We don't have to pay for internet now because of Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality is the principle that internet service providers allow us to view whatever we want on the internet without having anything blocked. It keeps our right of Freedom of speech and allows us not to pay extra to use certain websites. Without net Neutrality service providers can block websites they don't want us to see. Our Kean University critical reading class feels it's important to save net neutrality because we all use the internet freely on a daily basis. We would like to raise awareness to stop companies from restricting and putting a price on the internet because we believe it would negatively effect our community. We plan on raising awareness outside of Kean to our friends and family by sharing this petition and doing other activities on campus. We care about Net Neutrality because it directly effects our generation. We grew up using the internet and using it whenever we chose for free. If we were forced to pay for using certain apps and websites we wouldn't use the internet that much anymore. Think about what the future would be like if we had to pay for the internet and its necessities instead of using the internet how we use it now. 

Dean Ridente
1,106 supporters
Petitioning Bravo, NBCUniversal, Comcast, Lisa Vanderpump, Chrissy Teigan, andy Cohen

Save Vanderpump Rules from the Axis of Evil

In the eternal words of Taylor Armstrong: enough. ENOUGH!!!! We the viewers of Vanderpump Rules have had ENOUGH of this newly formed Axis of Evil, as Jax Taylor, Lala Kent, Katie Maloney, Kristen Doute and production continue gaslighting viewers and bullying fellow castmates. Our grievances are as follows: 1. The normalization of abusive behaviors is destructive for not only the cast, but also for viewers. Members of the original cast have continuously abused other castmates, and then ally with one another to legitimize that abuse. Examples include Katie Maloney gaslighting James Kennedy about his own family trauma, emotional abuse by Jax Taylor to his fiancée, and Katie Maloney and Tom Schwartz continuously verbally abusing one another.  2. The original cast (namely Katie, Kristen, Jax, Stassi, and their allies) has gained too much authority on the show, controlling the narrative in order to bully castmates, block rising stars from getting screen time, self-promote, and gaslight viewers about their past behaviors.  3. Meemaw DID NOT invent beer cheese.  4. Offending members of the original cast are no longer able and/or willing to uphold the core premise of the show as the messy staff of Lisa Vanderpump's restaurants. The show is not meant to be aspirational the way the cast now seeks to portray themselves, and watching a bunch of toxic people settle down and buy houses does not make for good TV. The original cast has aged out of their reality TV-worthy ways. 5. Production refuses to acknowledge the cast's fame in order to preserve the original concept of the show, creating forced and bizarre scenes in which the cast pretends to work at SUR. There's a fundamental tension with the show's premise (following a bunch of crazy SUR waitstaff) and their newfound fame due to the show. In order to maintain the integrity of the show's core concept without breaking the fourth wall, you have to clean house on the original cast.  6. Lala sucks now. 7. Viewers have largely sided against most of the original cast members this season due to bullying, per social media. You cannot have a show with 8 goliath villains beating up on 2 disempowered castmates and expect to maintain fans/viewers.  Our demands are simple: Buy out the contracts of the offenders in the original cast and their allies, either demoting them to "friend of the cast" or preferably removing them from the show entirely. The main offenders from the original cast include Katie Maloney, Jax Taylor, and Kristen Doute. Newer cast members who have actively perpetuated abuse include Lala Kent and Brittany Cartwright.  SAVE US, Daddy Andy Cohen! LISA VANDERPUMP, HEAR OUR CRIES !!  

Natalie Phillips
1,104 supporters
Petitioning Time Warner, The Walt Disney Company, Comcast, News Corp., Viacom, MGM Mirage, Dreamworks, SONY

Revive Second Run Movie Theatres in Small Towns

I live in Port McNeill BC Canada. If you look us up on google maps you’ll see we live 200 km (2 hour drive) away from a major centre - well Campbell River isn’t really major but it does have a movie theatre and Starbucks. I head up a Charitable organization for the Arts. Our organization runs After School Drama programs, Open Mic, Live theatre, live music events, ladies nights, and community events out of an old 1970's strip mall movie theatre.  We’ve been in the space since 2011 slowly renovating it into a performance facility.  From the beginning we’ve played Pre-Release movies as a fundraiser to help pay the bills. (Kind of like a gift shop in a museum contributes to the cost of running the museum) The excitement was palatable in the community when we opened our doors. “We have a ‘real’ theatre!” kids bragged.  You see not everyone can afford to travel down island to bring their kids to the latest movies - or even for a movie date night. (It's a minimum 6 hour commitment) Attending 2nd run movies at our little theatre is almost better than 1st run movies down island because it’s affordable and it’s here. But times have changed since we opened our doors. Little towns all over North America have lost their movie theatres.   Why, you ask? Let me explain. In 2011 when I looked at Criterion ( criterionpic.com ) or Audio Cine (act-film.com ) for pre-release movies titles to book there were many movies available weeks before the DVD release date. (In order to show a movie publicly it must have a 2nd release date given by the studios. Also you must have a Public Performance License from the 2 companies that represent the studios in Canada: Criterion and ACF. At that time early digital release platforms, such as iTunes, didn't exist, therefore we were able to provide an amazing entertainment opportunity for our small isolated town. Sadly this is no longer the case. For example:  Today (Feb 28, 2019) I can buy an award winning animated movie off of iTunes but I cannot show it at our theatre.  Why? Because the studio has not released a Pre-Release Date for Public performances.  It has a DVD release date of March 5th, but we cannot play this particular movie at the theatre, even if it's on DVD, with out that release date. I cannot even go to the theatre, lock the doors, invite my grandchildren, and watch that movie. Our space is considered a public space and, therefore, even private events require a public performance license, which is impossible to receive without the studio releasing a 2nd run date.  Why have the studios discontinued to provide timely 2nd run release dates? I don't know. I can only guess it's because they either don't care about our puny market or they are ignorant of the effect of their policies.  It’s not like there are thousands of 2nd Run theatres left. We’re not even a small fish in this ocean.  We’re maybe plankton.  So why am I starting this petition? Because I choose to believe no one in the industry has thought about the consequences early digital release and late, or no, Pre-release dates, have had on small isolated places like us.  I'm asking the leading studio conglomerates to adjust Pre-Release dates to match early Digital release dates.  (Or earlier) I also believe something magical is possible if the studios start thinking about and supporting the little people on the edges: a revival of small town 2nd run theatres. What would happen to our world if community was build instead of isolation? All the major studios are creating online platforms and gaming platforms. This encourages isolation.  Kids alone staring at their tablet or tv playing video games. They are losing out by not sharing in the social experience of an Aha! moment, a truth, a fright, beauty, love, or pain on the big screen with other human beings.   We have the chance to encourage the Studios to give back to the grass roots. We have the chance to maybe even rejuvenate a portion of the entertainment industry the studio heads think is dead. I’m not starting this petition to save our small town theatre or our charitable organization. We can survive without showing films.  I’m fighting to save a piece of culture, art, and entertainment available to the masses who live in cities but is void in small isolated places. But I need your help. Please support and share this petition.          

Terry Ruth Eissfeldt
1,050 supporters
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Petitioning Comcast Corporation

Stop the inhumane killing of baby birds that are in nesting in cable boxes

Comcast needs to ensure that birds cannot nest in cable wire/ outlet boxes that are mounted on the sides of many apartment,condo buildings and some homes. If they do find that birds have nested, they should use caution in removing the nests and birds if need be by setting them down in a safe place near a tree or bush. They should also let the local wildlife association know their whereabouts if possible. Ideally, Comcast would make sure older boxes are sealed or replaced with newer animal proof boxes. Recently, there has been an onslaught of killings of baby birds in the Chicago area and surrounding suburbs. Comcast workers have been witnessed flinging the nests out of the boxes onto the streets, and also stepping on and squashing the birds as if they are garbage. Several of these birds have been attempted to be rescued by good Samaritans, or brought into the Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center which is a non-for-profit rescue that relies on donations to care for the injured birds or humanly euthanize them if need be. Just today, dozens of apartment buildings in the Downtown Arlington Heights area were raided by the Comcast Technicians. Two workers were witness flinging an almost full grown baby bird to the ground from high placed cable box. The bird was injured and terrified. The workers did the same to all the nests in the buildings and killed several starlings - tossing them to the ground, stepping on them and squashing these nearly full grown baby birds. The poor baby birds were only days away from being able to fly. Several residents have been rescuing the birds, by placing wooden nesting houses in the trees and relocating the surviving starlings. Unfortunately, Comcast continues to kill and hurt the birds - and only a lucky few have survived. Comcast needs to find a solution to this problem and stop workers from harming these defenseless animals. Comcast is a huge company, and a very profitable one as well. They need to take care of this ASAP!! SPREAD THE WORD!!

Crystal Grace
631 supporters