Petition to FCC
Save Net Neutrality
Before you read on, please subscribe to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXCLdkGct0zLS5z2w7KGNhQ so you don't miss anything, etc! - The ability to organize grassroots movements, whether locally or across the globe, is made possible by an open Internet. Since its creation, the Internet has become the world’s megaphone for free speech, protected by the principles of Net Neutrality, which require internet service providers (ISPs) to give everyone equal access to everything you use the internet for -- email, watching videos, listening to music, or signing petitions on Change.org. Without Net Neutrality, ISPs can choose what you see online, favoring some sources or blocking others. For example, if someone launched a petition on Change.org against a company like Verizon, Net Neutrality prevents Verizon from blocking or slowing their customers’ access to our site. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is moving to end Net Neutrality -- which could mean giving big cable companies room to charge extra fees, block and censor users -- by removing ISPs from Title II of the Communications Act, a rule that means ISPs are subjected to tougher regulations that prevent them blocking sites, creating paid “fast” lanes, and throttling internet speeds. This decision could have global implications for the way the world shares and receives information from journalists, newsrooms, and NGO’s.Net Neutrality also prevents ISPs from creating paid “fast lanes” that would give faster delivery of content to companies who can afford to pay more. An organization or platform like Change.org that couldn’t afford those fees, couldn’t communicate with their supporters. In the United States, there is strong bipartisan support for Net Neutrality. A recent poll conducted by Mozilla found that Republicans, Democrats and Independents overwhelmingly support these rules. At Change.org, we believe that people everywhere should have the tools they need to make their voices heard. We’re a social good company powered by technology that empowers anyone anywhere to take action on the issues they care about. A closed off Internet means fewer ways for millions of people to make the change they want to see.Without an internet equally accessible to everyone regardless of income or geography, we can’t continue that mission. Add your name to let Congress and the FCC know that you support an open internet.
Petition to Johnny Isakson, Karen C. Handel, David Perdue, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Kamala D. Harris, Dianne Feinstein, Bill Nelson, John Cornyn, Ajit Pai, Lindsey Graham, Chris Van Hollen, Sherrod Brown, Rob Portman, Tammy Duckworth, Tim Scott, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Charles E. Schumer, Gary C. Peters, Bryan Steil, Nancy Pelosi
Save Net Neutrality
Net neutrality preserves the right to communicate freely on the internet. Net neutrality requires internet service providers (ISPs) to give everyone equal access to everything you use on the internet-- email, watching videos, reading news articles, and listening to music. It prohibits ISPs from slowing down, speeding up, or blocking content on the internet. It is how the internet has always worked. Unfortunately, this is being threatened by the FCC- the Federal Communications Commission. If the FCC ends net neutrality, then how we’ve used the internet changes completely. ISPs will be able to block content, slow down internet access, and favor websites over others. It will also end the Title II of the Communications Act, which charges ISPs for blocking content or slowing down internet and creating “fast lanes.” “Fast lanes” would allow certain internet service providers to give internet access faster than any other service providers. Ending net neutrality could have global impacts and change the way the world shares information and changes how information is processed. As high school seniors about to enter into the real world, we cannot imagine what life would be like if we did not have net neutrality. Net neutrality allows us to use our freedom of speech on a platform that is like no other. I can go on the internet and research something without the fear that an ISP has favored a certain website that is completely biased one way or blocked certain websites. If you believe we should have free access to the internet, sign this petition to show your support. This issue is time sensitive and must be addressed. Support free and open internet! Thank you for your support, Katie Lemon
Petition to Sean Reyes, Federal Communications Commission
Utahns for Net Neutrality
"I am a big advocate of what is known as net neutrality. This means that [internet service] providers are compelled to transmit content without political or commercial pre-selection."-Thomas de Maiziere According to the Hill, a whopping 83% of voters support net neutrality-the concept that internet service providers, such as Comcast or Verizon, cannot limit your access to websites that you choose to visit. Despite the bipartisan support for net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman, Ajit Pai, advocated and successfully took down the very framework that has historically prevented our internet access from being limited by large corporations. Simply put, net neutrality means that everyone gets an equal chance to be heard on the internet. By taking this away, Ajit Pai confirms his belief that corporations voices are more important than individuals voices. Without net neutrality, you could be forced to pay a substantial fee to visit social media sites or even see a delay when visiting certain websites, like this one. Quite frankly, we can do better. Because of this belief in our right to be heard and our right to access information equally, we encourage the Utah Attorney General, Sean Reyes, to join the 16 other states in legally fighting for a truly free and open internet.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Gus M. Bilirakis, Vern Buchanan, Carlos Curbelo, Ron DeSantis, Mario Diaz-Balart, Neal Dunn, Matt Gaetz, Brian Mast, Bill Posey, Thomas Rooney, Francis Rooney, Ross Spano, John Rutherford, Daniel Webster, Ted Yoho, Marco Rubio, Federal Communications Commission, Donald Trump, Florida State Senate, Florida State House
URGE FLORIDA CONGRESSMEN TO VOTE FOR NET NEUTRALITY
This petition is aimed at the multiple representatives, and one senator in the state of Florida, who voted to open the door for ISPs to sell customer data in a recent election. Consumer awareness is on the rise, especially as the vote for Net Neutrality draws near (within the next month.) As many know, the state of Florida holds one of the strongest voices in congress, and the votes of the representatives in our 27 districts are not taken lightly. 15 of our 27 Representatives voted in favor of an act similar to the repeal of Net Neutrality, which arguably infringed upon the personal rights of consumers. We can predict, both from their voting patterns, and the hearty compensation they receive from the telecom industry, that the Representatives this petition hopes to appeal to will vote in favor of the repeal of Net Neutrality as instated by Chairman Pai. If Net Neutrality were to be repealed, "ISPs would have the power to block websites, slow them down, give some sites an advantage over others, split the Internet into "fast lanes" for companies that pay and "slow lanes" for the rest, (and could) force (you) to buy special "tiers" to access the sites and services (you) choose." (Cred) For a full disclosure of what exactly your congressmen are voting for, read the entire repeal here. This being said, I urge you, as citizens of Florida to both write to the representatives of your district, and to write to Sen. Marco Rubio, and make sure they're taking the ethical stance on Net Neutrality. Thank you for your time, and support.
Petition to Federal Communications Commission, (FCC), Ajit Pai
Require All TV Channels To Provide Video Description Services
As a blind person, I rely on videoo description to listen to TV shows, such as Celebrity Family Feud on ABC, NCIS on CBS, etc. According to the FCC, video description is defined as the insertion of narrated audio into key visual elements of a program. TV stations, such as the local ABC, FOX, CBS, and NBC affiliates, provide video description services for the blind for some TV shows, but not all of them. It can be accessed via the Secondary Audio Programming, or SAP channel for short. Most channels, such as A&E, Game Show Network, TruTV, etc., do not have a SAP channel where the video-described track of a show is streamed, meaning that blind people can’t enjoy the same programing as the sighted community, and they have to rely on a sighted person to tell them what is going on. For example, if I watch LivePD on A&E, and if I want to know what’s going on in the program, I will have to know what’s going on via sound, like the cops putting on handcuffs on someone. The top five non-broadcasting channels, such as the History Channel, HGTV, TBS, Discovery, and the USA Network, have TV shows that provide audio description services. According to the FCC, current FCC rules state that subscription TV systems, offered by cable, Satellite, or over the telephone network with more than 50,000 subscribers,must provide 87.5 hours per calendar quarter, (7-hours per week) of video described programming for the top five non-broadcasting channels. TV providers, such as YouTube TV, are not required to carry video description, and channels are not obligated to carry it as well. I believe that this is not enough, and I believe that the rules for video description should be updated to require all channels, such as A&E, TruTV, HBO, etc. to have video description in all programming. That way, blind people can enjoy the same programming as the sighted community. If you agree with me, please add your name to this petition and spread the word. If you like, you can also chip in after you sign the petition so this petition can reach other supporters as well.
Petition to United States Federal Communications Commission, Donald J. Trump, United States Congress
Ban Access To U.S. VOIP Phone Numbers Without U.S. Residence or Incorporation Verification
SOLUTIONS DO NOT ALWAYS NEED TO BE COMPLICATED In today's world anyone - literally, anyone anywhere in the world can obtain a FREE United States phone number for any purpose without any real identity verification. This makes it easy for transnational cybercriminals (or anyone else) to engage in scams, cybercrimes, or other unlawful activities. Scammers from around the world use this available pool of phone numbers to execute criminal schemes freely and without any cost. If a phone number is reported and lost, they just obtain another one from any of dozens of services that provide these, including Google. The tech companies that provide these services are (pending legal opinion to the contrary) immune from liability, so they have no incentive to change this situation. We ask for something very simple. To obtain a U.S. Phone Number they must: Be a United States Resident or Registered Corporation Have their personal identity verified All use of the phone number or calls made from it must originate from within the United States, except where the verified person travels temporarily beyond the borders of the United States, and all other use would be prohibited Make it a Federal Crime to obtain a phone number under false pretenses All real persons applying for a U.S. phone number must explicitly agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding its use. Issuing services or providers must provide a publically accessible means to report improper use of the United States phone number and are obligated to investigate reports Issuing services or providers of such services or who provide access to United States phone numbers will have full liability if they fail to verify the identity of the registrant of the phone number or fail to investigate and resolve reports of misuse. This would apply to all use of a United States phone number, including for account registration purposes such as for online services (including SKYPE, WHATSAPP, and others) If we can enact something this simple it would eliminate 99% of all phone scams, and use of United States phone numbers in transnational fraud, scams, and cybercrime. We are petitioning the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, The United States Congress, and President Donald J. Trump for action on this matter. THIS PETITION WAS CREATED AND IS AUTHORIZED BY THE SOCIETY OF CITIZENS AGAINST RELATIONSHIP SCAMS INC. A REGISTERED INCORPORATED NONPROFIT NONGOVERNMENTAL CRIME VICTIMS ASSISTANCE ORGANIZATION. VISIT WWW.AGAINSTSCAMS.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION
Petition to Gene Dodaro
FCC comply with the GAO
At the request of the U.S. Congress, in 2012 the U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO) conducted an investigation and issued a report, "Exposure and Testing Requirements for Mobile Phones Should Be Reassessed" (GAO 12-771). The report made two recommendations to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the agency in the Department of Commerce responsible for ensuring cell phone safety: (1) formally reassess the exposure limit for radio frequency radiation and change the limit if appropriate; and (2) reassess the adequacy of cell phone testing requirements, particularly when phones are held next to the body, and update testing requirements as appropriate. Since 2012, the GAO routinely contacted the FCC to determine whether the FCC implemented the GAO's recommendations. Since the FCC has provided no specific plans to comply, in 2019 the GAO closed out the investigation reporting that the FCC failed to implement the GAO's recommendations regarding cell phone exposure limits and testing requirements. The FCC's exposure limits and testing procedures adopted in 1996 are considered inadequate to protect human health by most scientists who publish research on the effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields on biology and health. We, the citizens of the United States of America, demand that the FCC comply with the GAO. We also demand that the GAO continue to bring the FCC to task and ask them to comply.
Petition to Josh Gottheimer
RESTORE Net Neutrality- Tell your rep -sign the discharge petition & support the CRA today.
Dear Representative Gottheimer, Over 711 businesses in your area have signed the open letter to Congress in support of net neutrality, and I and two other constituents delivered those to your Newton office last spring. Nearly 2100 people have called you this month. AT&T and Verizon have started throttling video for wireless users. Enforceable net neutrality rules have protected consumers from profit-driven internet service providers. If the House doesn’t act, internet providers will slow down service to websites that can’t afford to compete with big corporations, and they'll nickel and dime consumers. That’s bad for small businesses and bad for NJ5 families. We are saddened to see you received $72,380 from ISPs, and 'we are hopeful that you will represent our best interests and address our concerns, these early actions raise our concerns about your support'. Sincerely, Wendy Goetz It. NJ5 and signed Constituents We want Net Neutrality. Tell your rep to sign the discharge petition and support the CRA today. We already won in the Senate. Now we must win in the House We’re committed to fighting for the urgent interventions needed to undo the damage of the last two years. But we need your help: Tell Congress to take action to restore Net Neutrality, rein in big media companies, invest in local journalism and hold online platforms accountable. Net Neutrality means that broadband providers can’t block, edit or discriminate against the information we share and access online, like the sites we visit or the applications we use. It ensures that the companies carrying our internet traffic can’t step in and interfere with our communications.Net Neutrality isn’t a new concept. This principle paved the way for the internet and its many innovations. As Sir Tim Berners-Lee put it, “When I invented the web, I didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission.” We deserve communication tools that are open, just, affordable, democratic and safe for everyone. This new Congress must work to restore the protections the Trump administration destroyed and fight for the media and technology all people need. It’s time to take action to restore Net Neutrality, break up big media companies, invest in local journalism and hold online platforms accountable. Why is this moment so critical?In the wake of the 2017 FCC order repealing Net Neutrality, the best way to protect a free and open internet is for Congress to pass a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would restore the Title II rules. Congress has the authority to review agency decisions — and the responsibility to reject harmful decisions like this one. In May 2018, the Senate passed its version of the CRA. Now the fight moves to the House, where we need to get 218 representatives on board in less than THIRTEEN DAYS!!!! This fight is so vital because, at its core, saving Title II Net Neutrality is about preserving civil rights online. The open internet is a place where movements are born, where communities often ignored or stereotyped by mainstream media can tell their own stories, and where families, friends and people who might have never before connected can build community.Make the call right now to remind your representatives that they work for the people, not power-hungry telecoms. CONGRESSMAN GOTTHEIMER- "It's not enough to win elections. We need lawmakers who will fight for the people who put them in office. We need elected officials who will do more than campaign against Trump — and instead actively work to shut down his administration’s attacks. Winning is great. But it isn’t enough. Now we need ACTION!Sign the discharge petition and support the CRA today.It’s time for policymakers to become changemakers. It’s time for disruption, not the status quo. We need investigations. Hearings. Powerful legislation introduced. We need a House that won't let this administration or the Senate push through a single harmful bill in some phony spirit of compromise or incrementalism." We need Net Neutrality. Why EVERYONE SHOULD CALL EVERY HOUR FOR THE NEXT DAYS! Free & Open InternetThe free and open internet is a powerful tool for everyone fighting for social change and racial justice. But companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon — and their government allies — want to destroy it.· Future of JournalismWhen giant out-of-touch corporations own the news, the stories of people of color and other communities go untold. We fight to hold these companies accountable, defend press freedom, strengthen local journalism and protect public and community media.· Media ControlPowerful corporations want to decide what you're able to watch, listen to, read and share. And runaway media consolidation among news organizations has squashed diverse, local and independent voices, leaving us in the dark about important developments in our communities.· Privacy & SurveillanceTechnology lets us communicate to the world, connect to our loved ones and organize for change. But the government and corporations can exploit these same tools to spy on innocent people, silence dissenting voices, criminalize communities of color and violate everyone’s privacy. Net neutrality is popular among voters of all political stripes when they understand how it works. Voters also tend to have little trust in ISPs, which suffer from chronically low rates of consumer satisfaction. This has not been lost on some Democrats, who became net neutrality champions under Trump. Earlier this year, Senate Democrats found just enough GOP votes to pass a resolution that would undo the FCC’s repeal, but Republicans blocked the effort in the House. Of the 176 current House Democrats who backed the resolution, 160 will be returning next yearunder a Democratic majority, according to analysis by the digital rights group Free Press. The other 16 are either retiring or ran for a different office. A recent Morning Consult poll found nearly 60 percent of Democratic voters said a candidate’s position on net neutrality was an important factor as they went to the polls this week, even though the issue was not central to many Democratic campaigns. Free Press CEO Craig Aaron said that while many issues shaped the election results, it’s clear that politicians who listen to the demands of internet users did well in the midterms. Once considered a wonky tech concern, net neutrality has become a grassroots phenomenon. Aaron said net neutrality and has also enjoyed a “pop culture breakthrough” via celebrity endorsements and coverage on late night TV, and some Democrats did use the issue to attack Republican opponents.“Net neutrality was definitely talked about more in this campaign than any other campaign before,” Aaron said in an interview with Truthout. “We went from nothing in years past to all these candidates having very clear positions.”Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress faces a deadline in a few weeks to vote on the resolution to reverse the FCC net neutrality repeal, which means the incoming Democratic majority won’t have a chance to restore net neutrality with that legislative method. Nonetheless, activists are making one final push for a CRA reversal before the House adjourns in December.