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Net Neutrality

69 petitions

Decision maker responded 2 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
2,256,549 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Catherine Emmanuelle

The expansion of publicly owned Fiber to the East Hill Neighborhood in Eau Claire Wi.

Over the last two decades internet access has become a crucial resource. In the same breadth internet service providers have increased the cost of access to the internet, which was paid for mostly in part by the public. Unfortunately, for many, the only ISP is a large regional monopoly like Charter, Comcast, Time-Warner, or AT&T, all of whom act as gatekeepers to the internet.  In Eau Claire Wisconsin, Charter is the primary ISP. They service over 80% of the residents. Unfortunately this means they have a run on the market, and total car planche when it comes to pricing and servicing speeds. Quite often the service one pays for through them is not the service received. With sporadic, yet persistent, interruptions to service, and both temporary and often permanent reductions in connection speeds.  Beyond the apparent issues with the monopoly that Charter holds in the area, there are two other ISPs who provide service via DSL and Fiber Optic connections in the area. However their reach is limited due to the various factors, the primary of which is the overwhelming cost of laying new fiber optic lines or gaining access to existing DSL lines in the city.  Further consideration must be made regarding net neutrality. Large ISPs, like Charter, are pushing for the removal of current standards under Title II for internet providers as created in 2015 by the then, Democrat controlled, FCC board. These standards ensured that ISPs couldn't throttle connection speed, limit access to certain sites and 3rd party content providers, or break up access in tiered fashion that would limit the scope and accessibility of internet users. These standards were intended to keep the internet open and to treat all web traffic the same. With their repeal access to Netflix, Youtube, Facebook, and even sites like Change.org would more than likely be limited in some fashion by major ISPs.  A publicly owned fiber optic network would give the residents of Eau Claire greater control, allow different ISPs in the area access to new customers and provide actual comparable competition to Charter. And since it would be publicly owned, users of the network would have to agree to standards to use the network; like ensuring net neutrality for all users of the service.  That is why the signers of this petition require the City Council for Eau Claire Wi find a means by which to pay for and install fiber optic networking throughout the city, and to partner with existing ISPs in the city, besides Charter, to provide alternate equitable internet service at a reasonable price to the city's residents. 

Lord Kristoffer Jay Martin
100 supporters