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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 As other cities embrace high-speed fiber broadband, Bellingham is getting left far behind. Our city has underutilized public fiber resources and several 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.

Jon Humphrey
633 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Facebook

Tell Facebook to fix their policy of who controls your Facebook when you die

My name is Rosemary Heath. On May 10, 2016, my husband George was killed in the Taunton, MA mall rampage. He was eating at a mall restaurant and was stabbed to death trying to protect a pregnant waitress. In my time of mourning, I often turned to his Facebook page to remember the funny, loving man that he was. I wasn’t the only one, and I knew I would want to use his page to continue to celebrate his life. But because George and I were not familiar with Facebook’s legacy option before he died, I am now grieving for my husband and fighting Facebook to grant me access to his account. Facebook’s legacy option allows users to name a person who has access to your Facebook page after you pass. But what happens if nobody is named? The account becomes locked, even for the spouse/partner. This is what happened to me. I had every intention to keep his memory alive through his Facebook page, sharing memories and pictures with his friends and family. Facebook will not allow me access to my own husband’s page. This is wrong. He was my husband and I'm legally his next of kin. Unless there is a change, what happened to me could happen to you. Shouldn’t the person you committed to for life have control over your page if you were to die? In cases where a legacy person isn’t named and a spouse/partner is listed in the profile, Facebook should allow for them to be the default legacy person and notify them if someone is attempting to memorialize the account. This change in policy would provide me access to my husband’s account and prevent situations like this from arising in the future. Don't let what happened to me happen to you! Let Facebook know they need to default to the listed spouse/partner when a user fails to name a legacy for their account.

Rosemary Heath
12,282 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Advanced Micro Devices - AMD

Create an X86 APU-powered SBC capable of running Windows and Linux

Introduction AMD's Ryzen and Radeon products could hold the key to more mainstream SBC adoption. They are the only company with both high-performance x86 AND graphics hardware. They're also one of the handful of companies currently using the latest in high perf/watt silicon fabrication. The Problem (for AMD) AMD is not part of, and has not been part of, the popular and growing SBC market for a very long time (or at all, depending on what you consider a modern SBC). As a company, AMD wants to sell as many of its chips as possible. Unfortunately for AMD, their extremely low-power APU lineup hasn't had a product category it could really dominate and stand out in. Android tablets, netbooks, and digital signage boards can't possibly be settle-worthy. The Problem (for us) SBCs (single board computers) are either very weak (Raspberry Pi) or too expensive and without a good entry point (NUC). Even if you buy a high-end SBC, you're not going to get a very powerful GPU. As a result, the SBC market really has nowhere to go on the graphics front unless one were to figure out a way to attach a dedicated GPU to a NUC and end up with a non-portable, hot, and loud mess. Put simply, there's basically nothing you can do if you want to run anything beyond Super Mario Bros, Half Life, or Doom. The Solution Expand our options. Directly offer something compact, versatile, affordable, widely-available, and powerful enough for hosting, tinkering, basic general use, and basic gaming. The SBC market is absolutely FILLED with people trying to get their system to run games. Currently, extremely old retro games and basic emulators are pretty much the only option. With the power of a modern low-power x86 + Radeon chip, the possibilities would start to break into new mainstream territory. There is no better way to showcase and grow a product line than to get it into many people's hands that are going to use it for every case imaginable. AMD's recent moves toward open source graphics technology (GPUOpen and Vulkan) has shown that they want their GPU technology to be open to public and collaborative optimization. There's also no better way to accomplish that than by getting a tiny open-sourced Radeon GPU + driver out with every board sold. With newer technologies like USB-C (for power delivery AND offline I/O), M.2+NVME, super high-speed SD cards, LPDDR4, and ARM+X86 SoCs, the time is right for a successful single mass-market X86 SBC product line to begin.  

Tizaki Reddit
258 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Let’s ‘disconnect’ our digital devices and ‘reconnect’ with each other.

Technology has provided us powerful tools and platforms that have enabled people to connect and communicate as never before. But these same tools that have enriched our lives have also coarsened our lives. Cyber-bullying, the distribution of “fake news”, trolling, and general incivility have infected so many of our online interactions. We have seen our privacy and productivity eroded. Our technology has led to accidents and tragedy. We need to promote a healthier relationship to our tech devices and more civil social interaction with each other. We need a nationally-recognized day to BREAK the connection with our digital devices and MAKE the connection with the family and communities that surround us. Here’s why: Several recent studies have shown that excessive social media use can make it difficult to foster meaningful relationships offline. The average American spends almost 11 hours each day attached to some screen or device. We’re so focused on what’s happening online (and giving strangers access to our lives) that we’re distracted from the people right around us. We need to get serious about tackling this imbalance in our lives. An easy way to demonstrate our seriousness in bringing more awareness to this issue is to designate one Saturday each year as our national “Disconnect to Reconnect” day. It would be a day where people all over the country voluntarily put down their digital device(s) and turn towards their families, friends, and neighbors within their own communities. If you agree that we can all use a digital time-out, taking a break from social media to take an opportunity to be more present in our families and communities -- sign and share this petition. Together, we can build a more connected nation -- one person, one neighborhood, and one community at a time. Here are a couple other ways you can grow the impact of our movement. Join our monthly Disconnect to Reconnect rally. DETAILS AND REGISTRATION DONATE  Even $2 a month goes a long way in helping us get our word out.
8,751 supporters