internet access

16 petitions

Started 2 months ago

Petition to University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Let the days of bad Wi-Fi be a thing of the past. Help bring back Ethernet to UNCG!

In previous years, UNCG enjoyed a certain luxury. Its outdated wireless had been improved, but a crucial factor played into its successful rollout. Even before the wireless network had finally been upgraded, a longtime friend of Internet-goers across campus had been by their side. Unlike its new age brother, the humble ethernet cable proves its speed and reliability to such degrees that wireless simply cannot match it. This year, UNCG decided to make a move that has caused concern and casts doubt on future endeavors. They decided to move the campus to be a fully wireless campus. This meant the removal of the ethernet option within on campus living spaces. While improvements made to the wireless system can only be beneficial to the school, there are many downsides to removing ethernet connectivity so prematurely. When the two technologies compare in performance, the ethernet cable will win every time both in speed and sheer reliability. Outside of a bad cable, ethernet is steadfast and swift. Wireless is not too far behind in speed, but a far more grievous flaw hinders it. Wireless, as we are all too aware of, is, often, an unreliable tool. It is a diverse tool but not a dependable one. This is one of the most pressing aspects we hope to address. Students who live on campus are likely aware of how, not once but twice that the UNCG wireless network broke, leaving every device without a direct connection with no way around it. This meant students couldn’t access canvas, the all important tool for many classes. Online assignments? Not until the random, unplanned downtime goes away. This is a sad reality that can occur. Many were fortunate that nothing pressing was due during those two occurrences, though others might have been pressed for even a smidgen of connectivity in a desperate bid to get work submitted. Unfavorable circumstances, indeed. Now, the question must be asked, “Well, how would bringing back ethernet help alleviate these situations?” There are many answers to such a question. First, ethernet provides an alternative to wireless. Some devices are better with wireless due to mobile nature, but devices such as desktops and TV’s would get much better use from an ethernet cable. This lets bandwidth hungry devices get the raw power they need to load movies and shows without spending an episode’s time just waiting for it to load. The second aspect is a direct result of the first. By moving devices off wireless, it enables UNCG to remove some of the clog on the wireless network. The more devices a wireless router must ‘talk to’, the longer and slower the process becomes for everyone. This is magnified when great amounts of devices across campus decide to ramp up the bandwidth they need. Switching some devices over to the option of ethernet frees up channels to be used for devices that don’t want to always stay in one place. Even if you decide to chill in a free space with a laptop, there is less competition to keep your wireless connection from letting you sneak in some Game of Thrones. Another reason we seek this change is that it directly wounds UNCG’s ability to support competitive environments for the rise of E-sports. Think competitive video games sound silly? You might be surprised that E-sports are on the rise. There is even discussion about adding E-sports as an official sport to the Olympics! More than ever, E-sports is growing both in fanbase and in professional scenes. Naturally, with such a growing environment before them, many schools are already pursuing collegiate tournaments. The UNCG video game club has been promoting competitive and casual gaming on campus. We have been putting together serious teams to compete in tournaments for actual prizes. With scholarships and other prizes lying in wait, these tournaments can bring a surprising and enviable gift to those who win. Last year, we had a World of Warcraft team take third place in a tournament! We are only growing our base to bring the Competitive scene to UNCG. However, losing ethernet has dealt a serious blow to our efforts. To the average player, it may be an annoyance. Within a tournament match, all it takes is a moment to decide victory or defeat. With real prize money at stake, the unreliability of wireless becomes a ghastly liability. An ethernet connection will provide stability that can be counted on. Our teams never had issues with the beloved cables. Unfortunately, this has not been the case since their removal. Members both competing and casual have all told similar tales of the Wi-Fi. Some nights it is not so bad. Other nights, it becomes almost unusable. What makes it all worse is that there is no way to know when Wi-Fi will be kind or cruel. While we continue to push forward to bring E-sports to UNCG, we fear the impact of an unreliable wireless network. What we hope for is a way to bring back the option for ethernet in on campus living. We would be happy to work with UNCG in the process of returning reliable performance to the campus. As wireless improves, there may yet be a day where it is truly consistent. Until that day, the cable is the best choice for anyone who needs the internet but doesn’t need to be on the move. Even if you are not a person who would benefit from ethernet connections, you would still benefit from the reduced amount of strain on the wireless networks. With this petition, there are no losers, only winners. I would like to close with a simple request. I would ask of those who read this to realize how this change would benefit the campus and all students who attend UNCG. If you seek the best for yourselves and for all your fellow students, please stand with us and help make a meaningful change to make UNCG a better place for all.

Sade Skirata
178 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to mozilla

Save Mozilla Firefox's Best Feature

Dear Mozilla, We are Firefox users. We love our browser and rely on it to do our best work. For us, this means having the freedom to customize and extend our browser using powerful Firefox Add-Ons like Tab Groups, Tree Style Tabs, Vimperator, Pentadactyl, and many others. While there may be technical advantages to the WebExtension architecture, we feel that technical decisions should never be made at the expense of Mozilla's user base. Sadly, recent decisions by Mozilla to remove Firefox's support for XUL-based Add-Ons in favor of WebExtension-based Add-Ons endanger our ability to continue to use Firefox.  Thus, we the undersigned request that Mozilla: Indefinitely postpone all plans to drop XUL Add-On support from Firefox, Open a dialogue with the Mozilla / Firefox community to ascertain what features Firefox users rely on that are currently only available via XUL Add-Ons but not possible under the WebExtension paradigm, and Work with the community to develop a path forward that allows Firefox to achieve its technology goals while preventing the loss of key functionality that millions of Firefox users depend on. We recognize Mozilla's need to keep Firefox and its underlying technology moving forward. However, we feel that the outright removal of support for XUL-based Add-Ons would have such a negative impact on our continued ability to use Firefox as our de facto web browser that we will be forced to investigate other alternatives. However, we are confident that neither we nor Mozilla desire such an outcome, and we thus make this request in good faith and with the hope that Mozilla will partner with us the undersigned to help keep Firefox the best, most user-respecting web browser there is.

Alex Smith
401 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Comcast, Verizon, Terry McAuliffe, Troy Wade, Stephanie L. Koren, Tommy Barlow, Toni Williams, Fitzgerald Barnes, Willie L. Gentry Jr., Richard Havasy, R. Garland Nuckols, Peter Farrell, Mark Peake, Dave Brat, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, CenturyLink, Lumos Networks, Brian Marks, Brad Humphrey

Louisa County deserves more high-speed Internet options!

In December 2016, Canada declared high-speed internet a "basic telecommunications service that every citizen should be able to access" (Vincent, The Verge).  There is little doubt that convenient access to high-speed Internet is becoming essential to daily life.  Why, then, in 2017, is it still absolutely impossible to access something as basic as high-speed Internet in some parts of the U.S.?   For example, as a recent college graduate, I would love to be able to return to work in my hometown of Louisa County, but I have severe concerns that the lack of Internet options at my home in the county, where there are currently NO high-speed options, would really hinder my success.  I am sure I am not the only one in Louisa who feels limited in their personal and/ or professional lives by the absolute lack of access to reliable Internet.   We may have satellite options in most places, but let's consider a cost and speed comparison: Satellite:HughesNet: $69.99/mo (first 12 mos.) for 50 GB plan at 25 Mbps down/ 3 Mbps upExcede: $100/ mo. for 50 GB plan at 12 Mbps down/ 3 up Cable/FiOs:Comcast Xfinity: $59.99/ mo. (first 12 months) for unlimited access up to 200 Mbps downVerizon Fios: $39.99/ mo. (first 12 months) for unlimited access 50 Mbps up/down Comcast and Verizon also have bundles which can include TV and phone as well.  As you can see, there is really no comparison between satellite and cable/ fiber internet options.  Satellite internet is limiting, overpriced, unreliable, and outdated.  For the same price (or less!) that you're limited with Exede or HughesNet by a data cap and low speeds, Comcast and Verizon offer unlimited plans with MUCH faster speeds.  It is 2017, and rural areas deserve access to reliable internet! If this county had more widespread access to high-speed data connections, I believe it could attract more young professionals and college graduates (like myself), which could equal more money, new job opportunities, etc.  Not only could it attract a new demographic, but it would provide convenience and open up job opportunities for current citizens.  In the two days that this petition has been live, it has received almost 200 signatures.  Many citizens comment that they have had to turn down jobs, wish they could move somewhere with reliable Internet for better work, etc.  It truly does make a difference.  Students are often expected to use the Internet at home for assignments, because teachers are supposed to stay up-to-date on technology in the classroom.  Without reliable Internet access, Louisa county as a whole suffers.  Its current citizens suffer, its children suffer, and the county suffers because it does not attract new talent to move here!  I do not mean to say that Louisa County should become a booming city; its small-town personality is what people love.  However, its citizens deserve access to reliable internet to be able to keep up with the demands of a tech-savvy environment.        Your signature on this petition will represent to Internet providers and local government that you agree it is time for consistent, reliable high-speed (NON-SATELLITE) Internet options in Louisa County!  If you already have high-speed Internet in the county, consider yourself privileged, but I also encourage you to sign this petition in support of those who do not (Cuckoo, Bumpass, Jackson, etc.).  Furthermore, signing this petition represents that, if available, you would be willing to become a high-speed Internet customer. Again, even if you already have Internet access please consider signing this petition as a supporter.  If you don't live in the county, same thing.  Please consider showing your support!  Thank you.   

Meagan Lawrence
322 supporters