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Net Neutrality

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Decision maker responded 4 days ago

Petition to Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

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.

Change.org
115,445 supporters
Started 1 week ago

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

Stop imposing in personal lives by adding data caps

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
33 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to FCC, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Communications Commission(FCC)

Keep Net Neutrality [Title II] we have until August 16, 2017 to speak our minds

    As of May, 18, 2017 they started the vote to retract Title II. As of now, we are in the 90 day period where we can tell the FCC our minds of why we should keep the neutrality or why we should not keep it. I am here to tell you guys why we should keep net neutrality and explain why it benefits everyone.     Title II (Net Neutrality) was passed in 2015 so users can have freedom and not worry about their providers throttling or even block connections to certain websites. As a consumer of any internet provider, we won't agree with this. There are many opinions out there of why they want their freedom and everything. If you want my opinion, I say keep Net Neutrality so providers don't just make us all in debt. A lot of us surf the web a lot and go to numerous sites that could easily tally up to an extra $300. Also, we all should have a freedom of whatever we search anyways. Why should we even pay just to access another website or even make our connections slower just because of it? It's like having Wal-Mart charge you extra for going to another competitor's store.     On the hand of dealing with data throttling, I absolutely despise it. I feel like they are being stingy and lying about their "Unlimited" idea. Sure, they aren't lying, but when you get unlimited you expect unlimited of whatever speed you got. Companies do this tactic a lot at the moment anyways, not naming any, and they get away with it. But, when you even have unlimited data and haven't even reached the cap for it to slow down and it's slow, then you have a problem. It results in the customer having an annoyance with the company by having a slow connection. Even if Title II is reversed customers won't buy from you unless if your company is Title II-like. Annual Reports Comcast Centurylink Verizon AT&T Dish Comcast: As we can see here, 2012 was their worst year in this chart. But, that was 3 years before Title II Centurylink: Title II might of affected them. I personally never had any good with Centurylink they were overall slow no matter how much MBPS they gave me. But, in this report 2012 and 2014 was their best years from 2012-2016. After 2015 they started going downhill. Verizon: In Verizon's 2016 report they show a graph of their stock performance from 2011 all the way to 2016. AT&T: If you update their graph to 10 years showing. You will see 2015 didn't affect them at all, if anything they were going back up.  Dish: As you can see from their report, they too have not been affected by the Title II. You can see they are doing perfectly fine without losing any money from it. Just like AT&T, if anything, they went up ever since 2015.     I didn't add Time-Warner since they didn't put up their 2016 annual report on their website. I could go to NASDAQ, but I want to see what these companies actually have to show. I also only shown one of the biggest internet providers that's out there.     After seeing all of this, there's not enough evidence showing how the companies have done worse ever since Title II. You would have to wait til' the end of 2018 to even determine it. So, why are we bringing it up now? We as consumers should not have to pay just to go to different websites. It's already bad enough paying for channels on cable or even buying unlimited data that has a speed cap on it that doesn't even last that long after 30 minutes of video streaming.      Everyone who signs this petition is saying "We want Title II to stay" if we get enough people to sign this petition, the FCC and the voters will most likely hear us out as a community and vote to keep the Title II. Ever since Title II has came around, I've had so much enjoyment with the internet without worrying about going to a site that might be blocked, or even my data being throttled just because they want to put me behind someone else that's paying more for internet. After, doing research on their earnings and stocks I have come to a conclusion that they just want more money when Title II gets retracted.

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