Petition to Federal, Federal Communications Commission
Save net neutrality
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 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 email@example.com
Petition to Sundar Pichai, Gregory McCray, Ruth Porat
Bring Google Fiber to Memphis, TN!
Living in Memphis is a second-to-none experience. It's the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll. From famed artists Elvis Presley, B.B. King and Jerry Lee Lewis to Stax "Soul" Records, Sun Studios and the incomparable, world-renowned Beale Street… these legendary figures and attractions speak to the proud, rich musical history of our city. This history lives on today with the Beale Street Music Festival, Visible Music College, and a diverse current and up-and-coming artist scene. History and tradition are not things of the past here in Memphis; they are very much alive. From the Gibson Guitar Factory to Graceland to the Civil Rights Museum and the Chucalissa Indian Village, history is ingrained all across this great city. In addition, there is a huge entrepreneurial spirit that runs deep in Memphis. One prime example is the Holiday Inn. When Kemmons Wilson envisioned reliable, standardized motel service, he created exactly that with the first Holiday Inn, right here in Memphis. In the world of Supply Chain and logistics, businesses are quick to call Memphis “America’s Aerotropolis” and “North America’s Logistics Center." This is because Memphis is home to the world’s busiest cargo airport, Memphis International. Memphis International moves millions of tons of cargo every year, as it serves to homes of the FedEx World Hub and other major hubs for UPS and DHL. Memphis International has become the largest economic driver in the state of Tennessee and has an impact of over $23.3 billion. Because of Memphis, FedEx can deliver to any North American location within 24 hours and to most global cities in less than two days. In addition, Memphis is home to distribution centers for many of the largest companies in the world. Toys R Us, Netflix, Brother, Sharp, Fujitsu, Carrier, Electrolux, Technicolor, Jabil, and Flextronics are among the few companies that hold operations in the Bluff City. Major Film studios like Walt Disney and Sony Pictures actually contract Technicolor to manufacture and distribute half of the DVDs and Blu-Ray disks distributed in the US. In addition, Flextronics conducts in-and out-of warranty repair for laptops and other mobile devices for companies like Apple, HP, IBM and others. Memphis is also the 3rd largest rail center in the US behind St. Louis and Chicago. More than two-thirds of all international freight tons and 85% of its value move in and out of Memphis by rail. In addition, the Mississippi river bordering Memphis houses the fourth-largest inland port in the US. With all this enormous available capacity, several firms have chosen the Bluff City for their business. In fact, Memphis has become the second-largest city for manufacturing orthopedic devices because of its logistical resources, with firms like Smith & Nephew, Wright Medical, and Medtronic making the Bluff City its home for its facilities. As an example, Smith & Nephew can have a doctor in San Francisco meet with a patient at 9pm, order parts, and perform surgery by 11am the next day. This makes Memphis one of the only cities in the world to offer that. Memphis distinguishes itself from any other city thanks to its ability to keep its history and entrepreneurial theme vibrant and alive, but the continued barriers to upward socioeconomic mobility that many Memphians experience are one aspect of our city’s legacy that needs to be eliminated. The challenges involved in tearing down these barriers are quite multifaceted and complex. Access to broadband internet is more important than ever before, as it provides quick access to information and resources. Lower speeds at higher prices have a dual effect on not only pricing the poor out of the broadband internet market, but also dampening business and workplace productivity. Memphis is dominated by an oligopolistic broadband market which makes access to the internet slow, unreliable and expensive. In Memphis, consumers have two options for fixed-line broadband -- AT&T and Comcast. However, the former does not service all areas with U-Verse and in many cases consumers are left with now obsolete-DSL service. Both ISPs are known to be less than 100% reliable, are expensive and remain at the top of lists for worst customer satisfaction in the ISP industry. While there are reports that Google is researching the possibility of bringing high-speed internet to low income areas in Nashville, Google Fiber would benefit Memphis even more. Memphis has been considered one of the poorest cities in America with one of the highest poverty rates for a city of its size, with some estimates as high as 28.6%. With Google Fiber, these poverty-riddled areas could take advantage of the free 5Mbps service offered by Google Fiber to look for jobs, get access to information, apply for government assistance they don't already know about, and even educate themselves with resources like the Khan Academy, Coursera, and several others. While Comcast offers an internet essentials bundle for an affordable price, this option is only available to homes with students in grade school who are eligible for the National School Lunch Program. This still leaves out a large number of unemployed/underemployed individuals who are not in school. While smartphones, laptops, tablets and other devices are found ubiquitously throughout Memphis, internet access is not. Moving internet access to ubiquity has been a slow process, and for the past several years, remained at a near standstill. The vast majority of Memphis is served by just two providers; this lack of competition in the market reduces the incentive to provide faster service and/or more affordable prices. A stagnant market is bad for business, bad for citizens, and bad for our city. We need a dynamic new presence to shake things up in our city and stimulate growth. Memphis wants to be a city that keeps things fresh and new while never losing its historical roots, and Google Fiber can help to do exactly that. Memphis has a huge up-and-coming musical artist scene that could greatly benefit from high bandwidth available from Google Fiber. Imagine artists collaborating with each other in real-time, via video-conferencing. This could reduce some overhead costs and eliminate the need for transportation, another barrier many in Memphis face to overcome. Video-conferencing could also benefit Memphis' medical district. Memphis has one of the best medical districts in the country, from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to Methodist University Hospital and Regional One Health (formerly The MED). These world-class institutions have been at the forefront of medical research and care. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is the first and only pediatric treatment and research facility to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, and discoveries made at St. Jude have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. In addition, Lebonheur Children’s Hospital treats more than 200,000 children each year, and has been named one of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals. These are just a few of the highlights of Memphis’ medical district, but Google Fiber could help foster newer opportunities within it. Imagine video conferencing with patients or performing surgery via robots hundreds or even thousands of miles away. Not only could Google Fiber foster new opportunities for Memphis, lack of healthcare could become less of an obstacle. In fact, this resonates with more than just healthcare. Education, jobs, access to information, and more have become the forefront of problems here in the Bluff city, but could all become less of an obstacle with newly available access to high speed and affordable internet. In addition, while many Memphians lack routine access to the internet, this puts our city at a disadvantage when it comes to identifying, cultivating, and supporting potential innovators and leaders. Bringing Google Fiber will dramatically increase the educational and economic resources available to all Memphians, and many of the underprivileged will be able to realize their full potential. Despite the shortcomings, there are several elements that bring Memphians from every socioeconomic background together. Several Memphis businesses have appeared on FORTUNE’s list for best companies to work for, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, FedEx, Medtronic, First Horizon (parent company of First Tennessee), and others. Forbes has ranked Memphis #4 on their list of the Happiest Cities for Job-Seeking College Grads. In addition, The love and support of Memphis shows when we come together to cheer on the Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis Tigers. Memphis loves basketball, so when it's game time, we make it known our love for the team is nothing short of superb. When it comes to BBQ, nothing compares to what you'll find and experience in Memphis. Memphians enjoy eating barbecue during any holiday or special occasion, and some of the best BBQ eateries originated in the Bluff City. In addition, every year Memphis hosts the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest as part of Memphis in May. And of course Music always brings Memphis together. From its legendary-past of likes from Elvis Presley and present Justin Timberlake, to its up-and-coming artist scene, Memphis can never lose touch with its feel and love for music. Together, these elements bring Memphians together and empower us as a family, and Memphis is ready to welcome Google Fiber into its family. We can begin to address one less desirable aspect of our legacy while at the same time fostering new opportunities for economic development all across the city. As citizens of Memphis we ask Google to bring their fiber-optic broadband internet-service to Memphis with open arms, because the service would not only impact the people of Memphis, but the entire world.
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.
Petition to Community, Department of Education, Government
FAST and RELIABLE INTERNET CONNECTION in SCHOOL
The development of technologies that uses internet change the traditional way of how students are taught inside the school. Due to the emergence of internet, fast communication and easy spreading of knowledge form one another is possible. Internet is considered as a learning tool where you can usually get a lot of information that can be used for research, assignment and projects. That's why it is essential to the millennial and to the students to have a fast students to have a fast and reliable internet connection in school.
Petition to Linda Adair, Veronica Adair, Marion Adair, Heather Adair
Let Garrett Adair (RobinOW) stay at his Grandma's place so he can continue to stream.
Hello, I'm Garrett Adair, known online as "RobinOW." I'm a moderator on a twitch stream run by "iDuskk" and I have been planning on doing live streams myself. Although as life would have it, due to many family issues and school-related issues (Most being out of my control) I am being forced to move to my dad's place. You see, I've been living at my Aunt/Grandma's place for some time now, they have good high-speed internet and I have used my own money to buy an expensive gaming PC. My dad, on the other hand, has satellite internet. Not only that, but he's had a history of drug abuse, and beating his kids with large paddles labeled "ass beater." Sometimes I and my aunt don't see eye to eye, and we get in fights, but I'm afraid this will be much, much worse for me. I will not have the resources to stream much less do my homework when I return from school.There IS a solution, however. I've been going to a virtual school, that didn't quite work out. There's still another school near the condo that I could go to, But my family refuses, saying it's "Too dangerous." That is a lie, my Dad only wants me to be with him so I can help work on his land and soon to be farm, With no care whatsoever when it comes to school.I'm a smart, intelligent individual, my intelligence would be wasted on a farm if this were to happen.So I'm asking you, reader, please, it would make me beyond grateful if even one single person signed this. I can't let my intelligence be wasted. I need help, but the internet is truly the only place I can get that help from.
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!
Petition to Mayor Troy R. Bivens
Supply Proper Internet Speeds to the Town of Gaston
A few months ago, I purchased my first house at 21. I moved from west columbia to my new to me home in Gaston. This gave me firsthand experience of what is referred to as the "digital divide" - rural communities’ residents are being left out of modern broadband access. They're left to rely on satellite access which is slower, more expensive, and weather reliant. If not that, we are limited to one to two maximum internet service providers who have the ultimate say in what speeds they will offer and at what price. We often pay higher prices for sub-par services. Despite that many of us make less profits than those who live in the cities. This means we can participate less in current events, politics, and socialization online. Ultimately my goal is to actually do something about this issue. Whether I have to show the backing I acquire to the mayor of Gaston, or keep pursuing my goal to the county of Lexington officials that Gaston is a part of - I will push and fight for this inequity both for myself and my community. I seek to convince them to work with local ISPs by offering incentives or payment in exchange for an overhaul of infrastructure to provide better access to residents in their homes. Thank you for your time and support.