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Petition to US Department of Commerce, Educause, Jarret Cummings, Kate McTurk, Jonathan Lang, Keith Gremban, Ashley Heineman

Educause: Allow two or more .edu domain names

In the early days of the Internet people or institutions bought up .edu domain names in a irresponsible manner. This created cause for concern because having an .edu domain name allowed people and institutions certain privledges. In response to this Educause, the company that manages .edu domain names, decided to restrict institutions to one and only one .edu domain name. Educause does provide a one-year transitional grace period during which institutions are permitted to hold two .edu domain names. In that one-year time frame the institution is expected to change every document, article, mobile connection, business card and web site to this new domain. Educational Universities often do not have the resources to complete this monumental task which results in important web based resources being lost forever. Responding to customer complaints Educause has created a proposal which allows all of their customers to retain two .edu domains indefinitely. This proposal was submitted with a variety of other proposed changes to the Department of Commerce and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and was subsequently shot down. Educause was asked to split up the proposals and submit them separately. Now the Educause Chief Technical Officer is releasing Requests for Proposals (RFP) on restructuring the registration process.  There is no reason why established universities should not be able to retain two or more .edu domain names indefinitely. All this restriction does is put more strain on .edu technical employees which in turn causes staff to grow and tuition prices to rise. Educause already has the mechanisms in place to allow two domains per university during the domain conversion phase. We ask that they extend this transition period to a easily renewable two year period for all Educause customers. This will provide time for the legislation to catch up with needs of the people while also providing instant relief and room for universities to grow and change in ways that make sense to them.  Please sign our petition and demand that the Department of Commerce, Educause, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) take action on this proposal immediately.     

Justin Hickey
101 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Bill Taylor, Tom Young, Joe Wilson, Lonnie Hosey, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Justin Bamberg, Lindsey Graham, C. Brad Hutto, William Hixon, William Clyburn, Bart Blackwell, Nikki Setzler, A. Shane Massey, Henry McMaster

Updating Rural Internet Infrastructure

Having lived in 2 counties of South Carolina, with large tracts of rural land and 10-20 minute drives to the nearest large scale grocery store, I find a common theme of lack of access to the outside world. The data and telephone infrastructure in counties like Barnwell and Aiken is deplorable, to say the least. While living in Barnwell County all of my life, the best thing available in wired, unimpeded internet was dial up. That is a speed of 56 kbps, the national average being ~54 Mbps according to SpeedTest ( That is just shy of being a 1000% difference in speeds. I shall soon be living in an area in Aiken County with a similar, yet slightly better, situation. According to the only wired provider in my area, I can expect to receive ~2-5 Mbps speeds. Day to day activities in all of our lives, not just mine, seem to be getting more and more dependent on being connected and maintaining that connection. Sharing pictures with family, video chat, multimedia streaming, working, gaming, or general surfing of the internet, all require that constant connection. While most companies will tell you that "Two adults can use Netflix at the same time on 5 Mbps," they neglect to tell you that buffering will take ages, and other video service sites will reduce to substandard quality just to accommodate the data flow. One goal that has been shared in our state and country has been that everyone has access to some form of high speed internet connection. For the most part, that has come true and most everyone has access. What they don't tell you before hand is the cost of the data. Most companies have issued a bandwidth cap coupled with outrageous prices for usage. The aforementioned 5 Mbps I can receive in my new home comes with a minuscule cap of 250 GBs per month. I consider myself a power user and have watched the Gigabytes tick by just trying to update computers or download required software. Some of these things can be anywhere from 3 MBs to 60 GBs. One or two updating sessions can add up the GBs pretty quick. This petition isn't limited to Aiken and Barnwell counties wither, these are just the two I have experience in. This petition is for every little town down a back road or every large community that just isn't connected.  Some of you are probably going to tell me to suck it up because I chose to live in a rural setting. That is very true and since I was a young kid I have dealt with the lack of internet to be able to live down that old dirt road, the one you always pass but never travel down. My entire goal is to just show you some of the people that choose to remain secluded but enjoy the modern amenities that seem to travel slowly in the south. Maybe, just maybe, we can show the companies that control how we connect to the people around us that it would be worth their time and money to reach out to the rural communities and "hook them up!" It benefits us all in so many ways. School aged children and school aged adults, video game junkies, binge movie watchers, that aspiring DJ, bloggers and vloggers, grandparents who want to facetime their grandchildren across the country, community developers, the list is endless and updating the current infrastructure may just show people dreams they never knew they had access to and maybe even lead to expansion!  

Ronald Palmer
50 supporters