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 Federal, Federal Communications Commission
Save net neutrality
The ability to organize grassroots movements, whether locally or across the globe, is made possible by an open Internet. Since its creation, the Internet has become the world’s megaphone for free speech, protected by the principles of Net Neutrality, which require internet service providers (ISPs) to give everyone equal access to everything you use the internet for -- email, watching videos, listening to music, or signing petitions on Change.org. 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. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is moving to end Net Neutrality -- which could mean giving big cable companies 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. This decision could have global implications for the way the world shares and receives information from journalists, newsrooms, and NGO’s. 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. In the United States, there is strong bipartisan support for Net Neutrality. A recent poll conducted by Mozilla found that Republicans, Democrats and Independents overwhelmingly support these rules. At Change.org, we believe that people everywhere should have the tools they need to make their voices heard. We’re a social good company powered by technology that empowers anyone anywhere to take action on the issues they care about. A closed off Internet means fewer ways for millions of people to make the change they want to see. Without an internet equally accessible to everyone regardless of income or geography, we can’t continue that mission. Add your name to let Congress and the FCC know that you support an open internet.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, US Congress
Save Net Neutrality!
The internet has always been a place for everyone to have the ability to connect to each other and share ideas. A place where every site is treated equally with equal bandwidth for people to connect to it. However, the US Government wants to actually limit net neutrality, claiming that not all sites are equal on the internet, and therefore not all needing to have equal bandwidth from Internet Service Providers. This would allow ISPs to only supply certain websites on their service and essentially partition the web. Imagine needing to pay one company to be able to connect to social media, and another company to watch YouTube. On top of that small websites would almost never get supported and therefore get no attention, making it harder for people to share their ideas or views on the world. If this were allowed to happen this would kill free speech on the web since only big companies would get most of the internet traffic and any websites supporting views that maybe ISPs don’t agree with wouldn’t get any support to be connected to anymore.
Petition to Federal Communications Commission, United States Congress, West Virginia AG Patrick Morrisey
Save The Internet
The FCC has recently voted to repeal net neutrality. And yes, that is a big deal. What is net neutrality? To put it simply, net neutrality allows us to communicate freely online and the idea to destroy it would allow companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon to decide who is heard and who isn’t. What happens without net neutrality? Well, several things...without net neutrality, companies would be able to block content that competes with their own content. Do you watch Netflix? That could soon be another higher extra charge on your bill or be blocked altogether. How about Hulu? Yep, that option could be gone or overpriced too. The same goes for messaging apps, email, social media, music apps and more. Net neutrality keeps everyone and every piece of content on a level playing field. Without net neutrality, companies could force your favorite websites into a slow lane, force you to pay more to view the content of your choice or block it altogether. In rural communities and states like West Virginia, repealing net neutrality will have severe effects on the options customers have when deciding on an internet service provider. In a society that is dominated by massive amounts of information on the internet, we cannot allow access to be hindered by greedy companies. We MUST save the internet.
Petition to Brad Wenstrup, Marcy Kaptur, Marcia Fudge, Joyce Beatty, Pat Tiberi
Ohioans for Net Neutrality
The FCC recently voted to repeal Net Neutrality, putting the right to the freedom of a free internet in danger. This is something I and many others believe to be a basic human right. We should not have to worry about our favorite websites being slowed down or having to pay extra to access them. We shouldn't have to worry about our private, personal information being sold or exposed. Future generations should not have to live in a world without internet freedom. I may be young, but I firmly believe in this. Stand with me and get Ohio State Representatives to save net neutrality for Ohioans.
Petition to John Kennedy
Revive Net Neutrality
Net Neutrality is what keeps the internet together. It's what keeps everyone united. It entertains us, lets us meet new people, gives us information, and so much more. Without it, it wouldn't be the same with internet providers like Comcast and Verizon being able to block and slow down your internet however much they want. One more vote is needed from a senator in order to keep net neutrality here forever. Net Neutrality will be gone in April if we don't get one more vote. If this petition gets enough signatures it's possible it will get a senator to come to our side. If you want to know more about Net Neutrality and another way to help watch this video and consider subscribing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Pdg1czr1dE
Petition to Comcast, AT&T
The Lie of Comcast Data Caps
In an increasingly cloud connected and IoT world, we are faced with a conundrum. Many of the population of the U.S.A live in an area where the is either a functional duopoly or monopoly on internet connections or has limited access to internet at all. In my area in West Michigan we have two choices, AT&T (which is VERY slow ~15mbps AND has data caps) or Comcast (which has data caps). So Comcast is the only real option for a true high-speed connection. In a world where games no longer come on disks, but are available ONLY as downloads, this 1024 GB usage limit is a reverse in modernization of our ISPs and a clear money grab by a company that does NOT care about the customer, but only their bottom line. To put 1024 GB into perspective, Gears of War 4, has a download size of over 100GB, so you could use up 10% of your available data on ONE game. When the rest of your family is streaming music, Netflix in 4K, Youtube, Hulu, downloading/uploading images, or as a photography professional, uploading RAW images which could range in 30-50MB EACH, you can see where this begins to be a problem. To be clear, I am 100% pro capitalism, but this is how capitalism works, they have a choice to make ridiculous and anti-consumer decisions in their policies, and we have a choice to fight it or leave. In this case there is no real option to leave, so we will have to fight it! Comcast claims, arbitrarily, "A terabyte of data is enough to power 12,000 hours of online gaming in a month." This is a vast overstatement, and a total misdirection for the average consumer. This data is a number that THEY came up with, does not include voice chat over services like Teamspeak, Mumble, Discord, etc, and does not include streaming to Twitch. It also does not include ANY other use of the internet, including updating those games that you are playing, which require frequent updates to even start up, or any other usage or streaming on the internet by anyone else in the house. Another claim by Comcast is that this is about "fairness" and that "you use more, you'll pay more, you use less, you'll pay less" but again, this is at best a misdirection, and at worst a total lie. Those who use less are not paying less, they are paying the same that we all already have been paying, and are only increasing the cost for those of us who utilize their internet connections everyday. Also, the amount of data you are using does not affect Comcast in anyway and does not increase costs to Comcast at all. This is completely and unequivocally a money grab. In conclusion, as more and more things become internet connected, video becomes higher quality, games get larger, and more people have more than 1 device connected at a time, this data cap sets a dangerous precedent for everyone, and not just "the 1% of users use more than 1TB of data" as our worlds become increasingly connected. This can turn into what the cellphone industry turned into, paying for different amount of data access, and no one wants that, except money hungry Comcast!
Petition to The Government of Uganda
Stop the tax on Social Media and Mobile Money. #CountMyVoiceUG
Background On May 30, 2018, The Government of Uganda passed into law the Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill, 2018 which seeks to tax Social Media and Mobile Money usage in Uganda. The law was officially effected on July 1, 2018, and requires users of over-the-top (OTT) platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Skype, Hangouts, Instagram and other social media platforms in Uganda to pay an obligatory daily charge of 200 Ugandan Shillings. President Yoweri Museveni and the Parliament implemented this unconventional bill, claiming that young people use social media platforms to promote "gossip" in the country. Contrary to the President's beliefs, the majority of youth in Uganda are using social media to create new jobs, connect to both local and international audiences, and find markets for their products using platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. The tax will have a substantial adverse impact on the social, economic and civic development of Uganda. It goes against the Internet’s fundamental principle as a universally open platform for freedom of speech, access to information and public participation. The tax also suffocates the digital economy, the predominant money making sector, and a key component for fostering innovation and creativity. In order for the digital economy to thrive, innovators and entrepreneurs need to depend on e-payments, e-learning, and social media as a means of growing their businesses, increasing their professional knowledge, communicating and adding overall value to the state of the economy and their communities. The tax also discourages Internet usage by undermining the freedom of expression by marginalized groups like women, the disabled, and the poor. In fact, it will likely only increase the digital divide, leaving groups already marginalized with a further gap in benefiting from the digital economy. Mobile Money has become instrumental in bringing the majority of unbanked Ugandans into the formal banking sector. For a population of over 44 million, there 22 million Mobile Money subscribers as of 2017. The tax implemented on Mobile Money requires subscribers to pay a 0.5% receiving and withdrawal tax on top of paying withdrawal fee mandated by mobile network operators. The result makes using Mobile Money expensive for the majority of users. For youth across the country, Mobile Money has been at the core of driving Innovative local solutions and new business models have resulted in the mobile payments space. The tax on Mobile Money will render the majority of the youth unemployed and thus widen the already high rate of unemployment in the Country. As young people, we cannot allow this to happen. Keeping quiet means that we are going to have to forfeit all the life-changing opportunities that social media and financial inclusion provide. The IssuesAs youth we see three fundamental issues wrong with these taxes: The taxes were implemented unilaterally and without public input The faulty rationale provided is contrary to the best interests of the citizenry The Social Media Tax is contrary to the fundamental principles of a healthy, open Internet Our DemandWe, the young people of Uganda demand that the Social Media and Mobile Money taxes be annulled because they suppress job creation, talent development, innovation, and freedom of expression. Moving Forward Youth represent 78% of the population and the majority of the users of the Internet and social media. Our voices must be counted and heard for policy changes that will have such a great impact. We believe in the multi-stakeholder approach of Internet governance that requires that all stakeholders, i.e. private and public sector be involved in drafting and adopting policies that affect Internet usage. Additionally, we hope that our campaign will raise much-needed awareness in the region and globally so that other governments hoping to take the same measures engage all voices and make informed decisions that put the people, including youth, at the heart of Internet policy. What will we do with our collected signatures?We will deliver them to Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi who will present them to Parliament to represent the voices of the people and urge parliament to review the bill. Please join us as we call upon the Ugandan Government to reconsider the taxes on Social Media and Mobile Money.