Petition to Johnny Isakson, Karen Handel, David Perdue, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein, Bill Nelson, John Cornyn, Ajit Pai, Lindsey Graham, Chris Van Hollen, Sherrod Brown, Rob Portman, Tammy Duckworth, Tim Scott, Kirsten Gillibrand, Charles Schumer, Gary Peters, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi
Save Net Neutrality
Net neutrality preserves the right to communicate freely on the internet. Net neutrality requires internet service providers (ISPs) to give everyone equal access to everything you use on the internet-- email, watching videos, reading news articles, and listening to music. It prohibits ISPs from slowing down, speeding up, or blocking content on the internet. It is how the internet has always worked. Unfortunately, this is being threatened by the FCC- the Federal Communications Commission. If the FCC ends net neutrality, then how we’ve used the internet changes completely. ISPs will be able to block content, slow down internet access, and favor websites over others. It will also end the Title II of the Communications Act, which charges ISPs for blocking content or slowing down internet and creating “fast lanes.” “Fast lanes” would allow certain internet service providers to give internet access faster than any other service providers. Ending net neutrality could have global impacts and change the way the world shares information and changes how information is processed. As high school seniors about to enter into the real world, we cannot imagine what life would be like if we did not have net neutrality. Net neutrality allows us to use our freedom of speech on a platform that is like no other. I can go on the internet and research something without the fear that an ISP has favored a certain website that is completely biased one way or blocked certain websites. If you believe we should have free access to the internet, sign this petition to show your support. This issue is time sensitive and must be addressed. Support free and open internet! Thank you for your support, Katie Lemon
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives
Pass the CRA: Save Net Neutrality
After the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to repeal net neutrality rules -- giving big cable companies room to charge extra fees, block and censor users -- the internet and Change.org users fought back and have had major victories in the battle for the net. On May 16, 2018 the United States Senate voted to pass Senator Ed Markey’s Congressional Review Act — a resolution that if passed by Congress would overturn the FCC’s decision. Now that bill goes to the House of Representatives and we need to rally even more support to make sure it passes there. We won in the Senate because millions of Americans used their voices to contact their Senators. Almost 2.5 million people signed our petition our users helped drive hundreds of thousands of phone calls and tweets to members of Congress. There's no reason we can't do that again! 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. 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. Please sign our petition and demand your representatives support the Congressional Review Act to save net neutrality.
Petition to Ted Wheeler
Municipal Broadband in Portland, Oregon
Large cable companies have successfully lobbied not only to strip away Net Neutrality and important privacy regulations, but also made it unlawful for state and city governments to properly police them. This leaves us with no choice other than to replace Comcast with our own municipal broadband network. The repeal of Net Neutrality poses a massive risk to freedom of information, equal opportunity online, and even democracy itself. We are demanding the City of Portland establish and maintain a broadband network which is net neutral, private, fast, reliable, accessible, and affordable. In the 21st century, the internet is an essential utility and should be administered accordingly.Join our Facebook group to stay up to date on municipal broadband events and news in Portland!https://www.facebook.com/groups/publicnetpdx/
Petition to The Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney, Bob Iger, Lance Priebe
Save Club Penguin!
Club Penguin has been a household game since 2005. Millions of kids experienced this great game and it caused memories that will last a lifetime. Today, January 30th, a terrible news has struck. Club Penguin has been slated to shut down. Seeing this news has caused many people to be heartbroken. All the fun, amazing, and incomparable experiences that millions of us prior and current kids once enjoyed are now impossible to once again achieve to a future generation of kids. Club Penguin is being replaced by a mobile app called "Club Penguin Island". While it is true that the mobile industry is growing, the PC industry is still going strong. People want to continue to play the original great game that was once introduced to us on October 24th, 2005. It is obvious that the popularity of the PC version declined, but that is not simply because the mobile market has grown. It is because the desktop version has lost what it made it so great in the first place: love. The amazing parties every weekend, the new exciting unique items, the new missions we could encounter, and the great mysteries that surrounded the island. That is what created the greatest children's game of all time! An amazing experience. This is something Lance Priebe, Lane Merrifield and Dave Krysko once envisioned, and executed greatly. Disney was a great help by delivering Club Penguin's amazing experiences around the world. However as the years progressed, the originality disappeared from parties and clothes and the parties became sponsored and recycled. We love the idea that Club Penguin is coming to mobile, as most games do, but the desktop version is what started it all. The base. The desktop version was the perfect creation, which at one time was the most popular kid's game of all time. It was like that for a reason. The vision that was once placed into Club Penguin simply isn't there anymore; That doesn't mean it should be left in the dust! The Club Penguin desktop version is a formula for success, and it can be successful once again if executed properly. What we propose today is a voice that will STRIVE to continue Club Penguin on the desktop platform. We ask Disney to either reconsider their decision and keep Club Penguin on the desktop while giving us the brand new app, or we request that Disney passes the desktop version to another company who will still sees the value in the PC gaming platform. Even better, return it to its original owner, Lance Priebe, if he is willing to accept it. Many of us have moved on from Club Penguin, but the experiences and memories we grasped from that game is something that no other game can come close to challenge. We want these same experiences and memories to be experienced by kids today and in the future. This is something we are willing to fight for, and none of us will let up.
Petition to YouTube
#DoNotDemonetize Channels With Under 1,000 Subscribers
On January 16, 2018, YouTube unveiled a slew of changes to its YouTube Partner Program of which YouTubers must be a part in order to earn ad revenue from their hard work on the platform. These changes are the absolutely ridiculous new requirements of having at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time within the past year. New channels had to immediately meet these thresholds before entering the YouTube Partner Program while pre-existing channels were kicked out of the program on February 20 if they did not meet both of these requirements. Thus, we are demanding that YouTube abolish these new requirements and undo demonetizing these small YouTubers for having under 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time. Not only do these new rules obviously hurt already-established channels such as mine, but they also greatly hinder the ability of regular people with a dream to make YouTube their fantastically entrepreneurial job. For example, here comes a personal story, my personal story. My name is Shane Mumma and I'm the man behind the technology YouTube channel Warenotice. I started Warenotice back in 2015 when I was going through quite a hard period in my life. I was a freshman in high school and I was treated poorly by my peers, and I felt as if I was trapped in a horrible place. Then, I started Warenotice. It was my way out of whatever nonsense kids gave me at school. It was, to be honest, my "happy place." My videos were popular and I loved it. I've been totally dedicated to Warenotice ever since and now I have nearly a quarter of a million total views on YouTube. But you know what I don't have? 1,000 subscribers. So, when I read that YouTube was making these changes (you can read them for yourself here) it absolutely broke my heart. YouTube saved me from despair and makes me happier than I can even put into words. And the fact that this great feeling is set to be stolen from me soon is terrifying and deeply saddening. It's hard to justify to others spending hours upon hours working on videos if I'm not earning so much as a penny. It's also hard to even make those videos without money--I'm a tech YouTuber who needs to unbox things, and unboxings can get expensive. I also know a handful of other small YouTubers who are just getting started on the platform. The thought that the big iron hand of YouTube is set to crush their dreams too is also significantly saddening. It was bad enough that YouTube had set a 10,000 total view minimum for monetization earlier, but hey, at least that would only amount to give or take $10 of loss in the long run for YouTubers. But this early 2018 YouTube Partner Program change is absolutely ridiculous and inexcusable. I know that I will not stand by while YouTube crushes my aspirations, the aspirations of my friends, and the aspirations of small YouTubers worldwide in an effort to please giant corporate advertisers scared off by the disgusting likes of Logan Paul. YouTube, we all come from humble beginnings, and so do you. It's time you remember this and #DoNotDemonetize the up and coming YouTube star that every single last one of us is. Sincerely, Shane Mumma CEO, Warenotice youtube.com/warenotice
Petition to FCC, Congress, Congress
Save Net Neutrality
Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content. Net Neutrality will take control of major websites and companies such as Nexflix, Hulu, and other popular companies. By signing this petition, you will help millions of protestors prevent Net Neutrality from taking over our internet.
Petition to Donald J Trump, United States Supreme Court, Federal Trade Commission, Ajit Pai
Protect Net Neutrality from the Trump Administration
The internet has helped to boost the economy, create an amazing tool for educators, and provides an outlet for communication with people all over the world. However, the simple policy that has protected this magical land of opportunity is under fire from both the Trump-appointed FCC chairman (Ajit Pai) and service providers like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon. Sign this petition to call on the FCC to protect net neutrality under the Trump administration. Net neutrality regulations are designed to stop ISPs like the big cable and phone companies from favoring/crippling certain websites and services for their own benefit and financial gain. These rulings could be reversed as Republicans continue to deregulate private industries. As a senior in high school, I can appreciate the need to be able to complete homework, communicate, and access streaming media like Netflix without an ISP slowing down my traffic. In the 21st century, internet is like drinking water, electricity, or transportation. Those without neutral access to it are at an unfair disadvantage. If net neutrality goes away, the internet will become distorted, and your access to certain content will be based upon your ISP's financial interests and what you're willing to pay, like cable television, hurting the consumer. Let's stop the telecom lobbyists who buy their influence, and the private companies who already control so much of our media before it is too late.
Petition to United States Supreme Court
Save Net Neutrality!
The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to dismantle landmark rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies the power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences. This will greatly affect start-ups, live streamers, and regular people like you. WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY?Net neutrality prevents ISP's(Internet service providers) from giving preferential treatment to some people. For Example, 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. Without Net Neutrality, ISPs can choose what you see online, favoring some sources or blocking others. This means that big cable companies will have 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. Basically, Net Neutrality prevents ISPs from creating paid “fast lanes” that would give faster delivery of content to companies who can afford to pay more. This would have a big effect on normal people and small business owners. 80% on Americans- Including 75% of Republicans- do NOT support the repeal of Net Neutrality. Join these numbers, and make your voice heard.