Topic

internet access

20 petitions

Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Comcast, AT&T

The Lie of Comcast Data Caps

In an increasingly cloud connected and IoT world, we are faced with a conundrum. Many of the population of the U.S.A live in an area where the is either a functional duopoly or monopoly on internet connections or has limited access to internet at all. In my area in West Michigan we have two choices, AT&T (which is VERY slow ~15mbps AND has data caps) or Comcast (which has data caps). So Comcast is the only real option for a true high-speed connection. In a world where games no longer come on disks, but are available ONLY as downloads, this 1024 GB usage limit is a reverse in modernization of our ISPs and a clear money grab by a company that does NOT care about the customer, but only their bottom line. To put 1024 GB into perspective, Gears of War 4, has a download size of over 100GB, so you could use up 10% of your available data on ONE game. When the rest of your family is streaming music, Netflix in 4K, Youtube, Hulu, downloading/uploading images, or as a photography professional, uploading RAW images which could range in 30-50MB EACH, you can see where this begins to be a problem.  To be clear, I am 100% pro capitalism, but this is how capitalism works, they have a choice to make ridiculous and anti-consumer decisions in their policies, and we have a choice to fight it or leave. In this case there is no real option to leave, so we will have to fight it! Comcast claims, arbitrarily, "A terabyte of data is enough to power 12,000 hours of online gaming in a month." This is a vast overstatement, and a total misdirection for the average consumer. This data is a number that THEY came up with, does not include voice chat over services like Teamspeak, Mumble, Discord, etc, and does not include streaming to Twitch. It also does not include ANY other use of the internet, including updating those games that you are playing, which require frequent updates to even start up, or any other usage or streaming on the internet by anyone else in the house. Another claim by Comcast is that this is about "fairness" and that "you use more, you'll pay more, you use less, you'll pay less" but again, this is at best a misdirection, and at worst a total lie. Those who use less are not paying less, they are paying the same that we all already have been paying, and are only increasing the cost for those of us who utilize their internet connections everyday. Also, the amount of data you are using does not affect Comcast in anyway and does not increase costs to Comcast at all. This is completely and unequivocally a money grab. In conclusion, as more and more things become internet connected, video becomes higher quality, games get larger, and more people have more than 1 device connected at a time, this data cap sets a dangerous precedent for everyone, and not just "the 1% of users use more than 1TB of data" as our worlds become increasingly connected. This can turn into what the cellphone industry turned into, paying for different amount of data access, and no one wants that, except money hungry Comcast!  

Anthony Punt
323 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Verizon, AT&T, Charter Communications, Frontier Communications, Supervisor James Ramos, County of San Bernardino, Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, Federal Trade Commission, California Department of Consumer Affairs, California Public Utilities Commission

Reliable Broadband for California State Route 38 Communities

To whom it may concern, The three communities of Forest Falls, Mountain Home Village and Angelus Oaks along California State Route 38 are very underserved when it comes to broadband internet. I personally pay $85 or more a month for Hughesnet satellite internet that on most days gets under 1 Mbps in speeds. Other neighbors I have spoken with, even with the other internet providers, get about the same internet speeds. I also personally moved here thinking that there were other options for internet in this community, only to find out that the other internet providers had stopped accepting new customers. Forest Falls is home to 1102 permanent residents (according to 2010 census data) with 712 households as well as small businesses, a fire station, a Sheriff’s Department sub-station, a school, a post office and Forest Home Camp. Mountain Home Village has 170 permanent residents (according to 2010 census data). Angelus Oaks has 312 permanent residents as well as small businesses and a fire station. I know we are considered rural, but if you look at actual distances, this is untrue. Mountain Home Village is 3.7 road miles from Bryant Street, where they are currently developing land for a new housing development. Forest Falls is only another 3.6 miles from Mountain Home Village and Angelus Oaks is only another 4.7 miles from Forest Falls. Places this close to major population centers should have access to reliable and affordable broadband internet, especially when those places contain businesses and a school. Please help bring awareness to the situation by signing this petition that will be sent to interested parties to help our community. The bigger the support, the more likely we can make this change happen. Best regards,Kirk Garrison, Forest Falls resident kirk.garrison.kg@gmail.com

Kirk Garrison
224 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to President Gregory Fenves

Provide UT Austin students with free access to unlimited, high speed Wi-fi.

     The University of Texas at Austin provides all of its students with some measure of high-speed internet access, by default.  The amount of High-speed data allotted to each student varies depending on where the student lives.  If the student lives on campus, then 10 Gigabytes of data are given, while only 1 GB is given to off campus students.     Data is allotted once a week (with the particular day varying from student to student).  Once all of the data has been used, the student will be stuck on the lower-speed network until his/her allocation day. Normally, slightly slower internet would not be an issue worth petitioning over.  However, in this case, the slower internet speed is a dramatic decrease from the norm, dropping to a rate of 0.125 Megabytes per second, which is only a fraction of 1% of the higher speed. The only website which the students have unlimited access to is Canvas (the university classwork management site, formerly known as Blackboard).     Finally, all students are encouraged (should they run out of data) to purchase more usable data for the semester, for a relatively small fee.      My fellow classmates have repeatedly told me stories about how they would be researching for a class project, or reading a digital textbook that was assigned to them, and they suddenly ran out of data!  They were then forced to either go home and use their computers with their home Wi-fi network, or (if they lived on campus) to purchase more data for the semester.      This is inefficient for both on-campus and off-campus students.  For the off-campus students, this means having to leave campus and walk all the way home just to study for the classes they are taking on campus.  For the on-campus students, this means having to pay money for more access than they require for the rest of the semester.        By my research, over 80% of students live off campus, myself included.  This means that a vast majority of students who attend the university are paying for internet twice (once at home, and once at the school).  In this technologically advanced age where more and more classes are assigning homework that require research from the internet or videos streamed live, no public university should be making its students pay for access to such a vital resource as High-speed internet, least of all a university as great as UT Austin.      

Andrew Kaeppel
280 supporters