Petition to Greg Abbott
Texas Technology for All
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has forced businesses, schools, and resources to move 100 percent online, making access to technology and technology skills a basic necessity in today's economy. However, not everyone has access to technology, yet alone technology skills, thus leaving behind those that are low-income, underserved, and underrepresented. COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted those from underrepresented communities, exposing the negative effects of the digital divide and consequences of income inequalities. In Texas, more than two million households lack high-speed internet access and 4.1 million Texans are living in poverty. In order to assist Texans with the most need, Austin Urban Technology Movement has partnered with other organizations to launch a regional campaign for low-income, underserved, and underrepresented communities. Our Texas Technology for All campaign has three components: 1. Provide internet access for low-income, underserved, and underrepresented communities. 2. Connect low-income, underserved, and underrepresented communities with technology devices (mobile hotspots and computers). 3. Upskill and reskill low-income, underserved, and underrepresented communities to get into the tech industry and apply for the 1100 jobs (majority remote) we have on our job board. This petition will: 1. Gather signatures for those that support providing internet access, technology devices, and upskilling opportunities for those that are low-income, underserved, and underrepresented. 2. Ask Governor Abbot to add Austin Urban Technology Movement (AUTM), and other organizations led by people from underserved communities, to the Broadband Development Council and Operation Connectivity. Individuals and families needing access to technology or interested in training and development to enter the tech industry can complete a needs assessment on our website at www.autmtx.org under the home page banner. If you would like to support our efforts with time, talent, or treasure, please email Austin Urban Technology Movement at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Comcast, Verizon
Internet for Our Children's Distant Learning
Fauquier county is a highly populated county with an estimated 70,150 people as of 2018. Of that 23.4% are under 18 years old and presumably enrolled in school. Fauquier County was granted 1.2 million to bring internet to parts of the county that do not have access. Which you can read about here, https://www.fauquier.com/news/path-announces-1-2-million-in-new-grants/article_6390d7fa-c528-11ea-b36c-a716584b6b0a.html DataStream Broadband will not work for this. We need reliable internet for our childrens education. These unprecedented times our children have been forced to distant learn. Parents are scrambling to teach our children the best way they know how. Without internet and access to resources they so desperately need our children suffer. We want our children to succeed and blossom in their educations. We need internet in these times of quarantine and distance learning. Please bring internet to all of our county.
Petition to Ralph S. Northam, John J. McGuire III, Mark J. Peake, Justin E. Fairfax, Mark R. Warner, Tim Kaine, Bryce E. Reeves, CenturyLink, AT&T, Comcast, Verizon
Help provide internet access to under served Louisa County, Virginia
You have forgotten about us, but we have not forgotten about you. We see your commercials on TV bragging about your "fastest internet speeds" and "most coverage", but you still ignore us. You ignore our children falling behind in school. Our school system has resorted to "Hotspots" where our children can sit in isolation in a dark parking lot or the back of a school building to get internet. You ignore our businesses failing and employees being laid off due to the inability to work from home. As we have learned with Covid pandemic our businesses and families are struggling with the "new norm". Think of a single mom who lost her job. If she had the internet she could sell Mary Kay or another product. However we don’t have that choice.Our residents need to be able to use telemedicine to stay safe, which is not an option without internet. Our local government has taken great steps to help you bring internet service to our community by laying part of the infrastructure using 1 million taxpayer dollars, now we are asking you to work with them and take advantage of what they offer and add to it. In Louisa county there is a demand just no supply. To insure we can continue to thrive we need your help! We are asking for you to take notice of us and our willingness to spend our hard earned money for your service. Please help Louisa climb out of the stone age and into the modern age.
Petition to Spectrum, AT&T, Jack Bondon, Vicky Hartzler, Bob Huston, Monty Kisner, Jimmy Odom
Help get reliable broadband internet service to Cass County, Missouri
Hundreds of homes don't have access to reliable broadband internet in Cass County Missouri. Even homes within 1 mile of the Belton Missouri city limits and many other areas including rural Cass county can't get internet. The area in particular from 187th to 205th, and Y Highway to Stateline Rd there is no hardwired internet provider. Spectrum and AT&T both have fiber trunks running through the area but will not create taps for homes in the area to receive internet service. You would think that in 2020 Cass Countians would have access to something as common as broadband internet especially with the current pandemic and many children will be learning from home, and many adults working from home. Internet is the one thing that will keep us all connected and moving forward in these unprecedented times. By having internet it can also help keep everyone safe and and reduce crime because many consumer products like Nest and Ring cameras require the internet to operate. My family recently moved 1 mile south of Belton in an area where there are hundreds of homes with 3 -10 acre lots and none of them have access to broadband internet. We have 4 kids and as of now they will be starting in-person school but there is a good chance it will change to remote learning very soon. Satellite and hotspot internet providers are not reliable, expensive, and very slow. All students and families deserve the same opportunities as kids inside city limits. We need fellow Cass Countians and the elected officials to get internet to every household in Cass County. Spectrum and AT&T are only worried about their own profits and are not worried about what is best for the citizens of Cass County. Please sign this petition and support our mission to get reliable, affordable internet service for all of Cass County. Thank you!
Petition to North Carolina State House, North Carolina Governor, Virginia Foxx, Richard Burr, Thom Tillis, President of the United States
Sign and Support the Improvement of Harnett County, NC
Since 2014, I’ve noticed that the community in which my fiancée lives in needs help through growth. After each storm, we are stuck for months having to waste gas by driving longer routes because of the DOT delays due to so many road closures. We also need more land bought out so we can have more businesses. I’ve met so many people stuck in cycles of unhappiness that pray for better jobs and better days. We all just need to be heard so we can finally have the change we’ve prayed for. The County is Harnett but that includes Lillington, Bunnlevel, Coats, Angier, Dunn, Erwin, Anderson Creek, Overhills, Averasboro and Barbecue. Some destinations have it all but if you came and took a look for yourself you’d notice which destination needs more happiness. Bless Us All !
Petition to Comcast, Ralph Martinez
Let's get better internet in New Caney and northern Houston areas!
The New Caney and other areas in northern Houston has had to deal with the terrible speeds, services, and prices relating to Suddenlink being the only provider in the area. It HIGH time that we have a choice in who we want our internet/cable/phone service through. Comcast Xfinity has always been a great Service provider with excellent service. I feel we should petition them to move out to our area and give Suddenlink a run for their money. Xfinity has really great pricing, customer service, almost never goes down, has amazing speeds, and great coverage. Join me in giving ourselves a choice and get more providers out here in our area! This petition does not only include Comcast and their Xfinity service though. Other internet providers are strongly encouraged to move into these areas with higher speed service and fiber-optic internet. We'll only make a change if we do it together!
Petition to Hinds County Board of Supervisors, C Spire, Comcast, AT&T, Verizon
Hinds County, MS High Speed Internet
Most citizens of unincorporated parts of Hinds County, Mississippi still DO NOT have access to high-speed Internet services. High-speed Internet or "Broadband" is defined, by the FCC, as service that has speeds of AT LEAST 25 megabits per second (mbps) for downloads and 3 mbps for uploads. See: https://www.fcc.gov/reports-research/reports/broadband-progress-reports/2015-broadband-progress-report Most Hinds County homeowners, if they have any Internet access at all, are most likely limited to outdated and unreliable DSL service that is very slow with speeds as low as 1 mbps download and 0.25 mbps upload. Satellite internet has failed, for most subscribers, to deliver advertised speeds and reliability due to its high latency (lag) design, throttled speeds, and weather sensitivity. Cellular companies offer some relief with phones, tablets and hotspots, however even plans labeled as "unlimited" are actually capped at unrealistic monthly usage thresholds for this decade, slowing speeds down to DSL and lower, once your plan limit is reached. The lack of high-speed Internet in our county unfairly and unnecessarily deprives many citizens of the required level of internet access needed to effectively utilize the plethora of modern and advanced educational, governmental, medical, and consumer services that are available on the Internet. In the current pandemic, with the need for more telework and video-conferencing has pushed this issue to the boiling point. As a rural community with significant time and distance challenges to conveniently and efficiently reach services, one can argue that high-speed internet is much more essential to rural communities than urban ones. It is time for Hinds County to move into the 21st century! We call on all of our county leadership, as well as internet providers, to step up and proactively pursue fiber installation or fixed wireless internet offerings on all public roads in Hinds county, and to census residents as to their willingness to have cabling/equipment installed to their homes. Affordable (actual) high speed internet, with a high monthly data cap of 1 terabyte (Tb) or, alternatively, truly unlimited, is our request.