Petition to FCC, 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 keeps the internet a strangely level-playing field (and the internet itself) is under fire from both the Trump administration 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 set to stop ISPs like the big cable and phone companies from favoring/crippling certain websites and services for their own benefit and monetary gain. These rulings could be reversed as Republicans look to deregulate private industries. As a junior 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 running water, electricity, or transportation. Those without neutral access to it are at a major 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 U.S. House of Representatives, Donald Trump, U.S. Senate
Protect Our Internet Privacy From Being Sold Out
UPDATE: https://www.change.org/p/u-s-house-of-representatives-protect-our-internet-privacy-from-being-sold-out/u/19925177 The Problem - S.J.Res.34 BillOn April 3rd, 2017 President Trump signed a bill to kill the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) privacy framework, which was created to protect the usage of broadband consumers' sensitive data: Requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to ask for permission before collecting sensitive information such as content of communications, precise geo-location, financial information, etc. Allowing users to opt out of giving sensitive information to ISPs Only allow ISPs to collect basic service information Notify customers within 30 days that their data has been stolen in a data breach ISPs (Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, Cox, etc) have lobbied $1,726,288 against these regulations and have passed the bill through Senate 50 to 48 and the House 215 to 205. These votes were made along party lines but whether you are on the Democrat or Republican side, this issue affects the privacy of all Americans sets precedent for future privacy-killing laws being passed. The elimination of of these rules allows ISPs to: Monitor and sell all of your location data, search history, app usage, and browsing habits without your permission Hijack your search results and redirect your traffic to paying third parties Insert ads into web pages that would not have otherwise had them Why Does This Matter The issue directly affects your privacy in the United States, and will indirectly affect it outside of North America. The passing of this bill allows the government and corporations to take away your rights for the sake of profit, and it will begin to pave the way for them to take away more rights in the future. Whether your privacy and the passing of this law is a concern to you or not, everyone has a fundamental right to their privacy just as they have a right to free speech, a decent standard of living, and/or any other basic human right. Allowing corporations into your digital life is no different than allowing strangers into your home and personal belongings, and with the passing of this bill, you are letting them sell who you are to anyone willing to pay. "Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say" - Edward SnowdenWhat You Can Do To Protect Yourself Although this bill has already been signed into law, a new law can be passed to reinstate the FCC's "Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Communication Services" rules. Start by signing and sharing this petition and the petition on the official White House website which is linked below. Contact your representatives and ask them to introduce and vote for a new bill to reinstate the rules. White House Website Petition: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/reinstating-protecting-privacy-customers-broadband-and-other-telecommunications-services Contact Your House Representative: http://www.house.gov/htbin/findrep Contact Your Senator: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Petition to Tim Armstrong
Save AIM's SmarterChild
AOL Instant Messenger is shutting down on December 17. The future of treasured chatbot SmarterChild is up in the air. While Smarterchild has been retired since 2007, the deforestation of its landscape leaves the bot with no discernible future other than total darkness. This isn't right. SmarterChild deserves a better tomorrow, after years of dedicated service to Internet surfers across the web. SmarterChild was there for us, when our friends' away messages were on. It asked us questions, then redirected back to subjects where it felt most comfortable. Are politicians really all that different? Are any of us? The rise of artificial intelligence forces an ethical question upon our country. What do we do with those sentient beings when their value to us has passed? Shall we throw them away with the stroke of a button? Such a fate is hardly a just reward for a being who didn't ask for this task, to converse with anyone who knew its username. It's time we have one more conversation. Let's give Smarterchild a tomorrow on December 18th. Let's find a place on this world wide web, where we can ask the questions that really matter. Want to talk about your butt again? I bet SmarterChild does. AI rights are human rights.
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.
Petition to Kennesaw State University Information Technology Services, KSU Marietta, KSU, Sam Olens
Improve Internet Speeds at KSU (Kennesaw and Marietta)
A Slow Network in a Fast-Moving World If you go around and ask any student on campus, they will tell you that the Internet speeds on campus at Kennesaw State University are horrendous right now. I live on the Marietta campus, and each day I encounter download speeds around 5-6Mbps (when the traffic on the network is low), and many times downloads will show speeds of mere Kbps. For a technical school, this is infuriating. Whether it be for instructional files, videos, or personal use, this network connection cannot suffice. Videos buffer, streams stutter, files take an eternity to download... it's just awful. When running a network speed test, you'll notice ping is excellent, as well as upload speed, but it becomes blatantly obvious that download speeds are being excessively throttled. Nowadays, students most definitely have more than one device that utilizes WiFi, so this is a great hindrance. I've been told by many that the speeds on the Marietta campus used to be great, until recent years. If this university is going to improve and grow, the network has to grow with it. Hopefully this plead can be answered. If the network speeds were improved, this would not only improve browsing speeds, but this could open up opportunities to video chat professors or peers about assignments/subjects, allow for study videos to be watched uninterrupted, and much more. Net Neutrality: "Net neutrality is the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally. It guarantees a level playing field for all Web sites and Internet technologies. With Net Neutrality, the network's only job is to move data—not to choose which data to privilege with higher quality service. Adopted on February 26, 2015, the Federal Communication Commission's Open Internet rules are designed to protect free expression and innovation on the Internet and promote investment in the nation's broadband networks. The Open Internet rules are grounded in the strongest possible legal foundation by relying on multiple sources of authority, including: Title II of the Communications Act and Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The new rules apply to both fixed and mobile broadband service. Bright Line Rules: No Blocking: broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.No Throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.No Paid Prioritization: broadband providers may not favor some lawful Internet traffic over other lawful traffic in exchange for consideration of any kind—in other words, no "fast lanes." This rule also bans ISPs from prioritizing content and services of their affiliates." Thank you for listening. Sincerely, Evan Welch
Petition to Google Inc., Sundar Pichai
Google to join July 12th day of action!
"The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees. On July 12th, the Internet will come together to stop them." This has already been seen with the throttling affecting Netflix recently. If the FCC continues down its current path. You could have to pay more for sites like Youtube and Netflix. Sites that compete with ISPs cable services. As it stands right now there over 119 large websites that have joined. Most notable internet giants include Amazon, Netflix, Pornhub, and Reddit are already committed to joining. But if THE internet giant joined in, over 3.5 billion daily searches would be informed of what is going on and the possible breach of our internet freedoms. Not only that, but it would send a message to the FCC like no other. If you support this cause, There are three ways you can help: The obvious. Sign this petition. Write congress. You can easily do that here: battleforthenet.com/july12/ Share Both the website and petition For more information, there is a great video here explaining the problem. Thank you for doing your part!