Petition to AT&T, Time Warner, Verizon, Charter Spectrum, Northland, North Carolina State House, Town of Forest City, Skyrunner , Any high speed internet contractors
High speed Internet needed in rural areas! Need supporters to get service In dead zones!
It is now 2017, and in most homes broadband internet has improved people's lives, and made simple everyday tasks more convenient than ever. Nowadays, It not fair for those who can afford to pay for service to be told they cannot get high speed Internet in their area because they are out of city limits. New lines need to be made in rural areas. Satellite and dial up connections just simply aren't fast enough anymore. In my particular situation, I bought a house and was told internet was available at my address, however getting service has been unavailable because I am 3 miles (maybe less) out of the town of Forest City North Carolina. I'm within 8 miles of at least 2 high speed providers and neither service my home. I have many neighbors who feel the same and believe starting service in this neighborhood would profit any of the providers capable of helping. I've called multiple providers several times only to be shot down. I care because having high speed interenet would allow not only me, but this community to: pay bills online again, attend online classes, stream movies and shows without paying outrageous prices for cable, and to game and connect with friends and family on different social media and other networks. Thanks for taking the time to read this and if you do. Thanks for the support.
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 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.
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 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 Mark Poloncarz, John Mills
Universal Broadband for everyone in Western NY
The internet is and should be a public good and utility. More and more we all need or use it for education, to perform daily tasks, to work, communicate, and much more, but it also then costs a ton to get connected as well. You can spend $75 a month for Time Warner, $100 a month for an "unlimited data" plan with Verizon/AT&T, and even if you use DSL you can still spend that much. FIOS when it's available is just as expensive as cable internet. It means that if you don't have money, you don't have access leaving the poor and rural areas without it. With net neutrality at risk it also means that those providers can determine what you see and how much data you use/broadband. We need a public utility that can be both competition to the major networks to drive down prices and also offer access at reasonable cost to ALL households in the area. If we can have a Water Authority that provides our drinking water, we can have a Broadband Authority and build a network that works for everyone and not just the communications companies. It can help offer opportunity and access to education, training, jobs, and more to those who would have to travel to other places to access it and get free wifi.
Petition to Steve Chang
Copa Vida: Better Internet
If you've ever been to Copa Vida, the coffee shop in old town Pasadena, and jumped on the wifi, then you are probably aware that it is slow. We're not talking about a reasonable slow experience due to heavy traffic, we're talking about a CRAWL. As a coffee shop in Old Town not only is Copa Vida's substandard internet annoying, but it is creating a negative customer experience for all of us. If upgraded the atmosphere at Copa will be positively impacted and happy internet users will consume their beverage and feel good about giving their patronage to this fine establishment.
Petition to Verizon
Bring Verizon FIOS to South Dorchester County, MD
There are many new people living in South Dorchester County, Maryland (Toddville, Bishop's Head, Crocheron, Wingate, Crapo, Lakesville, Church Creek, Tedious Creek, Cambridge) who need fast, reliable internet service. The slow 3G in this dead zone is not cutting it. I myself run an internet business that depends on a reliable signal, which I rarely get. All too often I lose my mifi signal for hours, which costs me income. I need this business so that my husband, who has been working for 43 year can finally retire and we can start living life. I know I'm not the only one in this predicament. I am forced to pay $550 or more per month for 1 mifi device and 2 android phones due to data overages, which would not happen if we had FIOS in our area. This cost is insane. Please bring FIOS to our area.