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Internet for all

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Update posted 2 weeks 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 http://fortune.com/2017/06/28/cox-data-caps-overage-fee/  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: http://geekslop.com/2014/isp-throttle-netflix-streaming-video-service-fix-overcome-net-neutrality-problems  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."  http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/business/article_a3824394-5c2b-11e7-8db0-576453b91493.html 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
102 supporters
Started 2 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
178 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to People of the Philippines, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, Secretary Rodolfo Salalima, Gamaliel Cordoba, Globe Telecom, PLDT

Stop Globe and PLDT's exploitation of everyone's dream of a Free, Open Internet

Let's face it, we're living in a profit-oriented world run by corporate greed, with a very serious approach on milking their captive consumers of all their pockets worth. This all is not limited to our decades-long-ailing Telco sector, but I'm certain that one of the first steps to eliminating this generational-progress-fatigue is to allow the Filipino people to finally feel that we're getting the service we deserve and are paying for.The whole world's already got a problem dealing with this mess, but some people are still unaware of how bad the situation is, namely the Filipino people, and it's just about time to set things right. Every Filipino can relate to this. Our country, though dubbed as the "Rising Tiger of Asia" and the "Social Media Capital of the World", still continues to lag behind (arguably one of the slowest) when it comes to Internet service, that even the process of making this petition almost caused me physical pain. You know that feeling of waiting for an eternity just so that you can read this "important" person's message or just so you can confirm some business transaction or watch that cooking tutorial, those are just some situations that a lot of us had been forced to face one way or another. If you guys didn't notice, we're being monopolized (duopolized, to be precise) by this 2 Internet tycoons, Globe and PLDT, for decades  and we're still oblivious to it, while being all whining and complaining about that download that took forever to finish, always blaming that our neighbors probably know the password of our WiFi, when the truth is, the one we should be pointing our fingers at are these two corporations and their elites that have been exploiting us will continue exploiting us for decades to come if don't take action right now. Some of their controversial acts are as follows: Participates in questionable practices (unfair treatment of employess, engages costumers in "no-return" plans just through phone calls, etc.) (No compassion for poor employees who steal company property) Mundane but influential use of false advertising Even with better infrastructure that our taxes funded, they avoid using it in order to force consumers to continue on with their 'traditional scam' Illegally using their so-called Fair Use Policy as a loophole to excuse their costumers and the public's valid concern Connections and tie-ins with the Government allowed them to remain as the two sole "competing" telecoms in the country, even going as far to deny entry of potentially "true competitors" Never does and avoids internal investigation requests (http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-break-telecom-monopoly/290364) And apart from the many other atrocities they committed, they still managed to continue their operations and serve as our #1 and #2 ISP's (Internet Service Provider). And if you do an in-depth analysis of their 'service', they're arguably "sue-able". And if that's not concerning enough, let me tell you about data caps: Never heard about them? Cause that's exactly the problem. Let's just take Globe for example, the ISP we're subscribed too (and no one's happy with it). They're offering this "Unlimited Internet" plans, just with a data allowance of 50 GB for example, and this plan also comes with free HOOQ, Spotify, Netflix, etc. So if you're not exactly familiar with terms like that, you would say "Wooooowww!!! Unli-Internet? With free Spotify too?! Come to papa!!!" And that's what most of us are. See, they're just throwing techno-babble at the wall, without even explaining what they are. And about false advertising: we are currently subscribed to Plan 1199 of Globe, with a minimum speed of 2 mbps, surprise, even with that data cap refreshed, never has our Internet speed reach that so-called minimum speed, and with that said, I so badly want to sue them. Just open your eyes, and evidences of their dirty practices are pouring everywhere. This is a clear violation of Net Neutrality (Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom), and at its very worse, another potential bottleneck for the freedom of information around the world. Having this sluggish Internet behavior is a huge inconvenience and just served to damage a lot of businesses and hurt many potential entrepreneurs. This is a disaster in-the-making if we let this continue.As a tax-paying Filipino who supports a free and open Internet, I believe that it's finally time for us to make our stand and voice-out. Let's make this ISP's stop treating us as cows to milk for profit, let's make them change paths for the betterment of everyone involved. A regulation must be finally put in place to prevent the damage from going even worse. So please sign this petition and help us break up this telecom monopoly. I know this is an old ruse, but I don't want to grow old to witness that ruse upon my grandchildren. Yenzy HebronA Filipino Aspirant More info at: https://www.change.org/p/stop-data-capping and Why data caps are cencorship?

Yenzy Urson Hebron
222 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Comcast, Verizon, Terry McAuliffe, Troy Wade, Stephanie L. Koren, Tommy Barlow, Toni Williams, Fitzgerald Barnes, Willie L. Gentry Jr., Richard Havasy, R. Garland Nuckols, Peter Farrell, Mark Peake, Dave Brat, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, CenturyLink, Lumos Networks, Brian Marks, Brad Humphrey

Louisa County deserves more high-speed Internet options!

In December 2016, Canada declared high-speed internet a "basic telecommunications service that every citizen should be able to access" (Vincent, The Verge).  There is little doubt that convenient access to high-speed Internet is becoming essential to daily life.  Why, then, in 2017, is it still absolutely impossible to access something as basic as high-speed Internet in some parts of the U.S.?   For example, as a recent college graduate, I would love to be able to return to work in my hometown of Louisa County, but I have severe concerns that the lack of Internet options at my home in the county, where there are currently NO high-speed options, would really hinder my success.  I am sure I am not the only one in Louisa who feels limited in their personal and/ or professional lives by the absolute lack of access to reliable Internet.   We may have satellite options in most places, but let's consider a cost and speed comparison: Satellite:HughesNet: $69.99/mo (first 12 mos.) for 50 GB plan at 25 Mbps down/ 3 Mbps upExcede: $100/ mo. for 50 GB plan at 12 Mbps down/ 3 up Cable/FiOs:Comcast Xfinity: $59.99/ mo. (first 12 months) for unlimited access up to 200 Mbps downVerizon Fios: $39.99/ mo. (first 12 months) for unlimited access 50 Mbps up/down Comcast and Verizon also have bundles which can include TV and phone as well.  As you can see, there is really no comparison between satellite and cable/ fiber internet options.  Satellite internet is limiting, overpriced, unreliable, and outdated.  For the same price (or less!) that you're limited with Exede or HughesNet by a data cap and low speeds, Comcast and Verizon offer unlimited plans with MUCH faster speeds.  It is 2017, and rural areas deserve access to reliable internet! If this county had more widespread access to high-speed data connections, I believe it could attract more young professionals and college graduates (like myself), which could equal more money, new job opportunities, etc.  Not only could it attract a new demographic, but it would provide convenience and open up job opportunities for current citizens.  In the two days that this petition has been live, it has received almost 200 signatures.  Many citizens comment that they have had to turn down jobs, wish they could move somewhere with reliable Internet for better work, etc.  It truly does make a difference.  Students are often expected to use the Internet at home for assignments, because teachers are supposed to stay up-to-date on technology in the classroom.  Without reliable Internet access, Louisa county as a whole suffers.  Its current citizens suffer, its children suffer, and the county suffers because it does not attract new talent to move here!  I do not mean to say that Louisa County should become a booming city; its small-town personality is what people love.  However, its citizens deserve access to reliable internet to be able to keep up with the demands of a tech-savvy environment.        Your signature on this petition will represent to Internet providers and local government that you agree it is time for consistent, reliable high-speed (NON-SATELLITE) Internet options in Louisa County!  If you already have high-speed Internet in the county, consider yourself privileged, but I also encourage you to sign this petition in support of those who do not (Cuckoo, Bumpass, Jackson, etc.).  Furthermore, signing this petition represents that, if available, you would be willing to become a high-speed Internet customer. Again, even if you already have Internet access please consider signing this petition as a supporter.  If you don't live in the county, same thing.  Please consider showing your support!  Thank you.   

Meagan Lawrence
322 supporters