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 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:https://www.ratify28.org/
Petition to Johnny Isakson, Karen C. Handel, David Perdue, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Kamala D. Harris, Dianne Feinstein, Bill Nelson, John Cornyn, Ajit Pai, Lindsey Graham, Chris Van Hollen, Sherrod Brown, Rob Portman, Tammy Duckworth, Tim Scott, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Charles E. Schumer, Gary C. Peters, Bryan Steil, 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 Ajit Pai
Save Net Neutrality
Do phone companies charge more for calling certain family members? Does Netflix charge extra to watch certain shows? Should you be paying more money to gain access to certain websites? No. Net Neutrality is the principle that all Internet Service Providers (ISP) should treat all data on the internet fairly and equally. There are certain ISP's who wish to treat the internet as a premium service, where they will block, throttle, or even charge for access to certain domains. They want to force their customers to pay more in order to escape the "slow lane." This is not how the internet should be treated. When paying for access to the internet, you should receive universal and equal access to all websites at the speed you choose to pay for. The FCC has already begun taking steps to scale back the protection net neutrality offers. Companies such as Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter have all expressed support for the current regulations to remain in place. Signing this petition will help build the momentum behind this movement and pressure the FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, to save net neutrality! Success will lead to an open and free internet for everyone. Failure will lead to an internet full of restrictions, inefficiency, and fees for everyone. We rely on the internet more and more each day. This is especially true for me. Personally, I use the internet to connect with others, get the daily news, research, and much more. Also, as a college student, a majority of my work is organized and done online, so I'm constantly accessing the internet. If I suddenly wasn't able to connect to the websites I rely on daily, life and school would immediately become much more difficult. So please, take the time to sign this petition and support a free and open internet for everyone!
Petition to National Communications Authority - Ghana, the president of ghana
We would like to reduce to high cost of internet data in Ghana
The internet as we know it isn't owned by anyone, one reason why it was created was to freely share information across the world. The Current increase in internet data charges is outrageous and poses a threat to all Ghanaians. To access our own data at such an expensive price is like selling our rights to company's to drain us of our personal rights. We request that internet data charges should be revised appropriately and swiftly as it brings cost to the ordinary Ghanaian and make corporations rich. The internet is our right. It was created free. And therefore must be easily accessible by everyone irrespective of your social standing . It is part of our daily life, information, builds everything in this age, expensive internet charges in this current economy isn't the answer to grow. All said that the internet isn't owned by anyone doesn't mean it's not maintained, but the cost of which service providers sell us the keys to our own data is something that's unacceptable. A fair price works for all. Maintaining previous data packages while increasing the pricing a bit is more acceptable than some service providers slashing packages over 75%. It's a total act of extortion and must stop. #OurDataIsTheInternet
Petition to Richard Burr, Thom Tillis, Roy Cooper, AT&T, CenturyLink, Spectrum, Donald J. Trump, Mark Johnson, Dan Forrest, Jennifer Hefner
Internet Access for Rural Teachers & Students
The lack of broadband internet in the rural communities of Alexander/Caldwell County is a huge issue. Especially at a time such as now. I find many of the efforts disingenuous, as most of the county outside of city limits still lack modern broadband internet access. The lack of access to consistent, wired broadband internet is a daily frustration and barrier to success for those living in rural areas within these counties. Let me clear up any misunderstanding before going any further, "rural" in Alexander/Caldwell County is not the same as being hundreds of miles in the middle of nowhere Montana. I live just outside of the Northwestern part of Alexander County in the Northeastern part of Caldwell, a mere 8 miles to the city limits of Lenoir and 8 miles to the city limits of Taylorsville city limits. Secondly, Complaining about the lack of internet access isn't about watching the latest movie on Netflix or playing the latest online game. We are limited to two choices of home internet: satellite internet or mobile carrier provided hotspots. Both are slow, throttled and very expensive. Neither of these options can keep up with the amount of data and the required speed of daily applications and websites, providing single digit mbps speeds. They are both throttles offerings, meaning you are limited to a certain amount of data each month. They both cost hundreds of dollars a month. Internet has never been more vital than at a time like this. Basic functions in 2019 have now become critical in 2020. I could fill a page in the newspaper with all the hassles: the majority of our kids can hardly access or complete their online school work; some online textbooks don't even load because the connection is so slow; teachers working from home cannot access email or complete online planning for students; banking applications timeout, causing errors; some websites don't even work all-together; having online security systems is not an option; sharing large files for personal or work-related reasons is brutally slow. People across the county are trying to continue business and school from home during this unprecedented time and cannot achieve progress without better internet. Small businesses struggle to keep a strong signal and waste much needed revenue on higher bills, farmers are limited from accessing more modern tools, and many people are self-employed or remote-based employees for companies. We are long past the days when internet access is optional or a luxury. Internet access must be a basic utility, no different than electricity and water. That is not hyperbole. It's a necessity in today's America and without it, segments of our population fall farther behind in every aspect of life. Please contact these providers on our behalf and take the necessary measure to mandate that they provide access for our community. The latest response I received from At&t today 4/1/2020, "Sorry, maybe if you get enough people interested in your area we could set up service in your location". That's not good enough. The service is in our area they just refuse to allow new accounts to access these services.
Petition to Joko Widodo, Menkopolhukam, Menkominfo
Nyalakan lagi internet di Papua dan Papua Barat
[English below] Kementerian Komunikasi dan Informatika Republik Indonesia pada Rabu (21/8) malam mengirimkan siaran pers yang mengejutkan. "Kementerian Komunikasi dan Teknologi Informasi Republik Indonesia memutuskan untuk sementara waktu memblokir layanan Data Telekomunikasi, mulai Rabu (21/8) hingga atmosfer di tanah Papua kembali kondusif dan normal." Kenapa Papua? Apa salah Papua pada Indonesia? “Kita sudah 74 tahun merdeka, seharusnya tindakan-tindakan intoleran, rasis dan diskriminatif tidak boleh terjadi di negara Pancasila yang kita junjung bersama,” tulis Gubernur Papua dalam keterangan pers pada Minggu (18/8). Gubernur Papua Lukas Enembe juga menyatakan protes dan meminta perlakukan yang adil dari Indonesia dengan tidak mengucapkan kata yang merendahkan dan tidak pantas kepada masyarakat Papua. Apa karena itu mereka salah? Apa karena masyarakat Papua di sejumlah kota dan kabupaten turun ke jalan menuntut pelaku rasisme di Insiden Surabaya agar dihukum dan memperlakukan mereka secara sederajat, seperti Provinsi Papua di Kota Jayapura, Kab. Mimika dan Kab. Jayapura dan di Provinsi Papua Barat di Kab. Manokwari, Kota Sorong dan Kab. Kaimana. Kemudian menyusul di Fakfak hari Rabu (21/8) ini? Kalau mereka tidak salah, lalu kenapa internet di Provinsi Papua dan Provinsi Papua Barat diblokir hari ini? Siaran Pers No. 155/HM/KOMINFO/08/2019Pernyataan Pers Kemkominfo RIRabu, 21 Agustus 2019 Pemblokiran Data di Papua dan Papua Barat Untuk mempercepat proses pemulihan situasi keamanan dan ketertiban di Papua dan sekitarnya, setelah berkoordinasi dengan aparat penegak hukum dan instansi terkait, Kementerian Komunikasi dan Informatika RI memutuskan untuk melakukan pemblokiran sementara layanan Data Telekomunikasi, mulai Rabu (21/8) hingga suasana Tanah Papua kembali kondusif dan normal.Kalau tidak salah, kenapa sebelumnya dilakukan pembatasan informasi dalam bentuk bandwith throttling yang dilakukan di Papua sejak Senin (19/8) pukul 13.00 sampai 20.30 WIT dan Selasa (20/8) oleh Kemkominfo atas permintaan Kepolisian Republik Indonesia. Tahukah kamu, kalau tindakan blokir dan pembatasan akses malahan membuat masyarakat di luar Papua tidak bisa mencari kebenaran peristiwa yang terjadi, mengecek keselamatan sanak-saudara, karena masyarakat di Papua tidak bisa mengirim pesan. Langkah sensor/internet shutdown dalam bentuk blokir data dan pencekikan internet di provinsi Papua dan Papua Barat dengan dalih menekan peredaran hoaks harus kita protes bersama. Tindakan blokir dan pembatasan akses informasi ini melanggar hak digital, terutama hak warga negara untuk dapat mengakses informasi yang sebenarnya dilindungi oleh pasal 19 ICCPR. Kebebasan berpendapat, termasuk kebebasan menyatakan tuntutan terkait self determination atau hak untuk menentukan nasib sendiri, adalah hak asasi manusia yang diatur dalam pembukaan UUD 1945, Konvenan Hak Sipil dan Politik, serta Konvenan Hak Ekonomi, Sosial, dan Budaya yang telah diratifikasi Indonesia. Dukunganmu sangat dibutuhkan, suaramu akan sangat berarti, tindakanmu akan membuktikan kecintaanmu pada Papua dan Papua Barat yang merupakan bagian dari Indonesia tercinta. Kalau kamu cinta Indonesia dan juga cinta Papua, ayo kita serukan #NyalakanLagi internet di Papua dan Papua Barat Denpasar, 21 Agustus 2019 Damar JuniartoExecutive Director SAFEnetSoutheast Asia Freedom of Expression Network/SAFEnet ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ #KeepItOn in Papua and West Papua! The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia on Wednesday (21/8) night send a shocking press release. “The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia decided to temporarily block the Telecommunications Data services, starting Wednesday (21/8) until the atmosphere in the soil of Papua returned to being conducive and normal.” Why Papua? What has Papua done wrong to Indonesia? “We have been independent for 74 years, actions of intolerant, racist and discriminatory must not occur in the country of Pancasila that we uphold together,” the Governor of Papua wrote in a press release on Sunday (8/18). Papua Governor Lukas Enembe also expressed his protest and asked for fair treatment from Indonesia by not saying derogatory and inappropriate words to the people of Papua. Is that why they are wrong? Is it because Papuan in the Papua Province (Jayapura City, Mimika and Jayapura Regency) and West Papua Province (Manokwari Regency, Sorong City, Kaimana Regency, and Fakfak Regency which happened on Wednesday (21/8)) have taken to the streets and demanded the racist perpetrators in Surabaya Incident to be punished and to treat Papuan as equals? If Papuan have done nothing wrong, why the internet is blocked in Papua and West Papua provinces today? Press Release Number 155/HM/KOMINFO/08/2019Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Press ReleaseWednesday, August 21, 2019Data Blocking in Papua and West Papua To accelerate the process of restoring security and order in Papua and surrounding areas, after coordinating with law enforcement officials and related agencies, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia decided to temporarily block the Telecommunications Data services, starting Wednesday (21/8) until the atmosphere in the soil of Papua returned to being conducive and normal. If Papuan have done nothing wrong, why Ministry of Communication and Information Technology–at the request of the Indonesia National Police–restricted information in Papua from Monday (8/19) at 13:00 to 20.30 East Indonesia Time and Tuesday (8/20) by throttling the internet bandwidth? Blocking and restricting access to the internet in Papua and West Papua instead will make it harder for people living outside of the two provinces to verify facts and what has happened, to check on the safety of friends and relatives because people in Papua have no or limited access to send messages. We need to collectively protest this decision to censor or shut down the internet (by data blocking and internet throttling) in Papua and West Papua, which was done under the pretext of suppressing the circulation of hoaxes. The blocking and restricting access to information violate digital rights, especially citizens’ rights to access information which is protected by article 19 of the ICCPR. Freedom of opinion, including the freedom to declare demands related to self determination or the right to determine oneself, is part of human rights that are regulated in the opening of the 1945 Constitution, the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which are already ratified by Indonesia. Your support is needed. Your voice is meaningful. Your action is important. Let’s call for Indonesian Government to #KeepItOn in Papua and West Papua. Denpasar, August 21, 2019 Damar JuniartoExecutive Director of SAFEnetSoutheast Asia Freedom of Expression Network/SAFEnet Link: https://safenet.or.id/2019/08/keepiton-in-papua-and-west-papua/