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 Governer Cuomo
Require ISP's with New York state contracts to abide by net neutrality principles.
I'm calling on Governor Cuomo to issue an executive order requiring internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality principles. This would mean that in order to receive a contract with the state of New York government, internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast must not block or throttle web content or create internet fast lanes. State governments can be some of the biggest consumers of internet services so this will send a strong message. Furthermore, this can be done. In January of 2018, Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) signed an executive order to do just this, explaining “This is a simple step states can take to preserve and protect net neutrality. We can’t wait for folks in Washington DC to come to their senses and reinstate these rules.” Please my petition asking Governer Cuomo to require all internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality rules.
Petition to Johnny Isakson, Karen Handel, David Perdue, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein, Bill Nelson, John Cornyn, Ajit Pai, Lindsey Graham, Chris Van Hollen, Sherrod Brown, Rob Portman, Tammy Duckworth, Tim Scott, Kirsten Gillibrand, Charles Schumer, Gary Peters, Paul Ryan, 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 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. In December of 2017, 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. 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 will have global implications for the way the world shares and receives information from journalists, newsrooms, and NGO’s. However, following the FCC’s vote, Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) announced a Congressional Review Act resolution that if passed, would stop net neutrality repeal. That resolution now has the support of 50 senate members, which means just one more vote is needed for it to pass the Senate. 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 US Department of Commerce, Educause, Jarret Cummings, Kate McTurk, Jonathan Lang, Keith Gremban, Ashley Heineman
Educause: Allow two or more .edu domain names
In the early days of the Internet people or institutions bought up .edu domain names in a irresponsible manner. This created cause for concern because having an .edu domain name allowed people and institutions certain privledges. In response to this Educause, the company that manages .edu domain names, decided to restrict institutions to one and only one .edu domain name. Educause does provide a one-year transitional grace period during which institutions are permitted to hold two .edu domain names. In that one-year time frame the institution is expected to change every document, article, mobile connection, business card and web site to this new domain. Educational Universities often do not have the resources to complete this monumental task which results in important web based resources being lost forever. Responding to customer complaints Educause has created a proposal which allows all of their customers to retain two .edu domains indefinitely. This proposal was submitted with a variety of other proposed changes to the Department of Commerce and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and was subsequently shot down. Educause was asked to split up the proposals and submit them separately. Now the Educause Chief Technical Officer is releasing Requests for Proposals (RFP) on restructuring the registration process. There is no reason why established universities should not be able to retain two or more .edu domain names indefinitely. All this restriction does is put more strain on .edu technical employees which in turn causes staff to grow and tuition prices to rise. Educause already has the mechanisms in place to allow two domains per university during the domain conversion phase. We ask that they extend this transition period to a easily renewable two year period for all Educause customers. This will provide time for the legislation to catch up with needs of the people while also providing instant relief and room for universities to grow and change in ways that make sense to them. Please sign our petition and demand that the Department of Commerce, Educause, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) take action on this proposal immediately.
Petition to Phil Murphy, New Jersey State House, New Jersey State Senate, New Jersey Governor
Require ISP's with New Jersey state contracts to abide by net neutrality principles.
I'm calling on Governor Phil Murphy to issue an executive order requiring internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality principles. This would mean that in order to receive a contract with the state of New Jersey government, internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast must not block or throttle web content or create internet fast lanes. State governments can be some of the biggest consumers of internet services so this will send a strong message. Furthermore, this can be done. In January of 2018, Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) signed an executive order to do just this, explaining “This is a simple step states can take to preserve and protect net neutrality. We can’t wait for folks in Washington DC to come to their senses and reinstate these rules.” Please sign my petition asking Governor Phil Murphy to require all internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality rules.
Petition to Kelli Linville, April Barker, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, Whatcom County Council, Bellingham City Council, Michael Lilliquist, Pinky Vargas, Terry Bornemann, Roxanne Murphy
Bellingham Publicly Owned Fiber Optic Network
Publicly Owned Fiber Optic Internet Bellingham is hurting. Like many other cities nationwide we have high unemployment, low wages, and a host of economic, social and environmental problems. This inexpensive solution would help us address all of them, and maintain net-neutrality by creating a public, net-neutral option. In fact over 450 other cities have already implemented solutions like this, but our leaders are reluctant to even give our citizens access to the resources they've already paid for, much less prepare our city for the future. As other cities embrace high-speed fiber broadband, Bellingham is getting left far behind. Our city has underutilized public fiber resources and several net-neutral local Internet Service Providers eager to deploy high speed broadband, like they have in Mount Vernon, yet this is held back by rules and regulations that have not kept pace with technology. Fiber would: Create an opportunity for a public access component to make ultra high speed internet broadly accessible in public spaces, provide higher quality low-income connections to those in need, and guarantee a level of internet access to all. Give Bellingham a strong standing among Washington cities, and create valuable infrastructure that we could continue to build on in the long-term. Create jobs: Fiber would draw companies to the city, provide jobs for construction and maintenance, create new internet service providers and other innovative businesses that are made possible by ultra-fast broadband. Reduce Our Impact on the Environment: Fiber would reduce the need for travel to take place for meetings. It is also very durable and usually requires less maintenance than old infrastructure wiring, like copper wiring. Increase property values: Wiring for fiber-optics has been shown to increase property value approximately 1% Provide a network our government could leverage to deliver data from current and future ‘smart grid’ sensors including those used for parking management, resource monitoring, air quality, muni and other needs. Over the long term smarter management could save the city money and increase our tax base without increasing taxes by reducing unemployment and creating good jobs. This petition asks for the city to give the public access to the broadband resources we've already paid for, expand our critical publicly owned broadband infrastructure, establish a Dig Once Policy for Bellingham and Whatcom County, allow multiple providers into multi-unit dwellings, and provide high quality internet access to all residents that truly address our Digital Divide issues.
Petition to Twitter, Inc, Twitter, Jack Dorsey
Let Us #EditTweets
Countless Twitter users have expressed a desire to edit their tweets after sending them, which would enable the users to fix their tweets' mistakes without having to delete the tweets and write new ones. However, Twitter is yet to add this capability to its social media platform. So, if you want to show Twitter that we, its users, want to be able to #EditTweets, sign this petition and share it with our fellow Twitter users! Should you especially want to be able to #EditTweets, feel free to protest the lack of this function on Twitter by intentionally tweeting with grammatical errors in addition to the hashtag "#EditTweets" and a link to this petition. Also feel free to reply with the same hashtag and link to others' tweets featuring mistakes that could easily be fixed with a quick edit. This petition is advocating a method of editing tweets, which you may interchangeably call the #WarenoticeWay or the #MummaMethod, that you can learn more about in the embedded Warenotice video. Also, feel free to follow this petition's creator, Shane Mumma from the technology YouTube channel Warenotice, on Twitter at @Warenotice and @TheShaneMumma for updates on this petition to #EditTweets! If we all work together, Twitter's inability to #EditTweets may soon be a thing of the past!