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Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Sharon S. Truxillo, Steve Sawyer, Andrea Katsenes, Cox Communications, Ajit Pai

Stop data caps from impacting users personal lives

Recently I was notified about changes to the cox data plans. There will be a cap on all residential plans to 1,024GB = 1 TB of data per month. Any overage will be charged at a rate of $10 per every 50GB over. To a normal everyday person this might not mean anything to you, you don't understand it, or you feel it doesn't impact you. It is hard to break down in some ways but cox doesn't explain it either. They just put out articles that talk about the cap and then explain that most people won't be affected. "Cox said the plan provides enough data to watch 140 two-hour high-definition movies, 300 30-minute standard-definition TV shows, 1,500 three-minute videos, surf the Web for 3,000 hours and listen to 30,000 songs that are four minutes long in one month." This is from the Cox Cable Director Steve Sawyer. So now we have to schedule our time on the internet, social media, emails, security camera, etc. Looking at the average movie length of the ten highest-grossing movies of each year for the past decade, Hollywood blockbuster's have gone from just under two hours to more than 130 minutes in length. Most TV shows are in HD and not 30 mins but 45 mins to an hour. Online funny videos are an average for 5 to 10 minutes sometimes more and when is the last time you listened to a song that was 4 mins or under in length? Usage Key Web Surfing 18 MB = Average usage per hourStreaming Music 6.5 MB = Average 4-minute audio fileEmailing .02 MB = Average size email without attachments Uploading/Downloading Photos 5 MB = Average size photo fileSocial Networking 51 MB = Average usage per hourVideo Chatting 0.34 GB = Average usage per hourStreaming Video 0.75 GB = Average 60-minute standard definition (SD) file2GB = Average 60-minute high definition (HD) fileOnline Gaming 20 MB = Average usage per hour Above you can see how this might affect you as a person or as a family. I am a mother of 5 and we are a gaming family. We enjoy spending time with each other online in different worlds exploring and having a great time. We bond by gaming, love of music and funny videos. My children connect with friends and family via social media and online gaming communities. I understand the dangers of the online world as do they. They are safe and smart because we educated them about the dangers and we monitor their online usage. Also downloading games or updates will crush the data. Back in the 90s games were in the MBs range. Now an update could be 20GBs and if 5 people play the same game that's 100GBs in 5mins. I also work from home on occasions as well and my husband and I work in the computer industry. I have a good idea about how this all works. The director also states, "Consumers going over the data cap can re-evaluate their usage or pay more." Basically I need to change my personal life, not only myself but my family, to conform to their data cap. I don't know about everyone else but I know think I like a cable company telling me I need to conform to anything. Cable is dying, everyone knows that and streaming is taking over. ISPs like Cox are trying to stop the streaming services by putting data caps on all packages no matter the speed. They want you to move back to paying an arm and a leg for cable packages that they make money off of. Not you paying $9 a month for a streaming package that you can use unlimited. Netflix and Hulu state, "Some online services fear that the caps are intended to thwart consumers' ability to cut the cord and switch from traditional cable TV to online video streaming providers like Netflix. The caps have largely been set at high levels that won't impact online video watchers yet, but once the regime is in place, cable companies could easily lower the caps. They could also wait a few years until super high definition 4K video becomes the norm, meaning online video watchers will be consuming a lot more data. Or they could follow the strategy of some wireless carriers of favoring their own online video services by exempting them from counting against the caps." link  This starts with something small, like Cox imposing that you have to have a small turner box to get basic cable in your home. Also trying to throttle your speed when you view Netflix or other streaming services that aren't theirs. This has happened before and when Cox was asked about it they said that didn't do any of that and they aren't the only ones. That was in 2014:  Once they get a data cap in place they will be able to change in to whatever that want. First it's 1TB next it will be 500GB limit and their will be nothing that can be done. People may not be impacted now but if the limit changes or the quality of the movie/show improves you will see other people hit the limit. Cox runs on a Hybrid Fiber coax network, both the tv and internet run on the same lines. There is no congestion problem being alleviated here. This is a violation of net neutrality plain and simple you are imposing a limit on our service and then providing exemptions to your own products. "Jim Hood of Consumer Affairs, which provides consumer news, warned that as more and more customers cut the cord on cable service and use programs like Sling TV, Hulu Live and Vue to watch programs, they could start hitting data caps. "Most of these companies make money now selling internet service as well as cable service," he said. Because of the declining number of cable subscribers, they're now squeezing internet customers in an attempt to generate more revenue." I'm not doing this because I don't want to pay anymore for data services but because I feel there is not enough on this topic in the media. People just look at it push it aside because it "doesn't impact" them. I don't now but it can and will soon. I urge you to do your own research on this and also sign and pass along the petition. So maybe Cox and other providers will see that this in not going to help them in business but hurt them in the long run. This is a complete violation of the net neutrality laws and some people will not have a choice in picking a different option because they only have one service provider in the area. They say only the top 2% will be impacted but so far there has been more than 44% of people impacted. They only say 2% because they ran a test trial in one area of the US and in that one area it showed 2% impacted. Please pass this along and let's fight this together.

Muzette Claunch
265 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Let's make Net Neutrality a basic human right

The open internet is a revolutionary tool that offers countless benefits to everyone around the globe. Whether it be the freedom for anyone to speak one’s mind, start a business, collaborate with others or rally for a cause (like Ratify28), these things are only made possible by a free and open internet. Commonly known as Net Neutrality, all information on the internet must be treated equally. Internet service providers (ISPs) must allow any user to access any data on the internet that they wish. This protection ensures that everyone has a global voice and an equal opportunity. However, Net Neutrality is under attack… Again! Without it, the internet would be a much different place. ISPs would be permitted to control and regulate what their users see and do on the internet by either blocking or slowing websites that do not fit their business interests. Could you imagine if Netflix and Hulu were blocked by Comcast simply because Comcast wanted to force you to use their streaming internet services instead? How about no longer being able to read your favorite newspaper or blogger simply because your ISP didn’t agree with their political affiliation? ISPs have already begun planning for internet “fast lanes”, or toll booths, in order to extort additional fees from online companies. Creating a financial barrier would suppress startups all around the globe as they would not have the funds required to pay these fees. Net Neutrality resolves all of these issues and protects a free and open internet. Unfortunately, we are only days away from a vote that could drastically alter everyone’s online experiences. Therefore, we want to end this fight once and for all. By either directly petitioning Congress or by reaching out to state legislatures to call for a Convention of the States, we would like to propose the 28th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. We want to permanently protect the free and open internet for everyone by ensuring that all data on the internet be treated equally, regardless of its origin.“The right of the people to a fair, open and unbiased internet shall not be infringed.” Learn More:

Ratify 28
429,351 supporters
Started 7 months ago

Petition to University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Let the days of bad Wi-Fi be a thing of the past. Help bring back Ethernet to UNCG!

In previous years, UNCG enjoyed a certain luxury. Its outdated wireless had been improved, but a crucial factor played into its successful rollout. Even before the wireless network had finally been upgraded, a longtime friend of Internet-goers across campus had been by their side. Unlike its new age brother, the humble ethernet cable proves its speed and reliability to such degrees that wireless simply cannot match it. This year, UNCG decided to make a move that has caused concern and casts doubt on future endeavors. They decided to move the campus to be a fully wireless campus. This meant the removal of the ethernet option within on campus living spaces. While improvements made to the wireless system can only be beneficial to the school, there are many downsides to removing ethernet connectivity so prematurely. When the two technologies compare in performance, the ethernet cable will win every time both in speed and sheer reliability. Outside of a bad cable, ethernet is steadfast and swift. Wireless is not too far behind in speed, but a far more grievous flaw hinders it. Wireless, as we are all too aware of, is, often, an unreliable tool. It is a diverse tool but not a dependable one. This is one of the most pressing aspects we hope to address. Students who live on campus are likely aware of how, not once but twice that the UNCG wireless network broke, leaving every device without a direct connection with no way around it. This meant students couldn’t access canvas, the all important tool for many classes. Online assignments? Not until the random, unplanned downtime goes away. This is a sad reality that can occur. Many were fortunate that nothing pressing was due during those two occurrences, though others might have been pressed for even a smidgen of connectivity in a desperate bid to get work submitted. Unfavorable circumstances, indeed. Now, the question must be asked, “Well, how would bringing back ethernet help alleviate these situations?” There are many answers to such a question. First, ethernet provides an alternative to wireless. Some devices are better with wireless due to mobile nature, but devices such as desktops and TV’s would get much better use from an ethernet cable. This lets bandwidth hungry devices get the raw power they need to load movies and shows without spending an episode’s time just waiting for it to load. The second aspect is a direct result of the first. By moving devices off wireless, it enables UNCG to remove some of the clog on the wireless network. The more devices a wireless router must ‘talk to’, the longer and slower the process becomes for everyone. This is magnified when great amounts of devices across campus decide to ramp up the bandwidth they need. Switching some devices over to the option of ethernet frees up channels to be used for devices that don’t want to always stay in one place. Even if you decide to chill in a free space with a laptop, there is less competition to keep your wireless connection from letting you sneak in some Game of Thrones. Another reason we seek this change is that it directly wounds UNCG’s ability to support competitive environments for the rise of E-sports. Think competitive video games sound silly? You might be surprised that E-sports are on the rise. There is even discussion about adding E-sports as an official sport to the Olympics! More than ever, E-sports is growing both in fanbase and in professional scenes. Naturally, with such a growing environment before them, many schools are already pursuing collegiate tournaments. The UNCG video game club has been promoting competitive and casual gaming on campus. We have been putting together serious teams to compete in tournaments for actual prizes. With scholarships and other prizes lying in wait, these tournaments can bring a surprising and enviable gift to those who win. Last year, we had a World of Warcraft team take third place in a tournament! We are only growing our base to bring the Competitive scene to UNCG. However, losing ethernet has dealt a serious blow to our efforts. To the average player, it may be an annoyance. Within a tournament match, all it takes is a moment to decide victory or defeat. With real prize money at stake, the unreliability of wireless becomes a ghastly liability. An ethernet connection will provide stability that can be counted on. Our teams never had issues with the beloved cables. Unfortunately, this has not been the case since their removal. Members both competing and casual have all told similar tales of the Wi-Fi. Some nights it is not so bad. Other nights, it becomes almost unusable. What makes it all worse is that there is no way to know when Wi-Fi will be kind or cruel. While we continue to push forward to bring E-sports to UNCG, we fear the impact of an unreliable wireless network. What we hope for is a way to bring back the option for ethernet in on campus living. We would be happy to work with UNCG in the process of returning reliable performance to the campus. As wireless improves, there may yet be a day where it is truly consistent. Until that day, the cable is the best choice for anyone who needs the internet but doesn’t need to be on the move. Even if you are not a person who would benefit from ethernet connections, you would still benefit from the reduced amount of strain on the wireless networks. With this petition, there are no losers, only winners. I would like to close with a simple request. I would ask of those who read this to realize how this change would benefit the campus and all students who attend UNCG. If you seek the best for yourselves and for all your fellow students, please stand with us and help make a meaningful change to make UNCG a better place for all.

Sade Skirata
208 supporters