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Petition to Gary Peters, David Perdue, Debbie Stabenow, Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, Karen Handel, Johnny Isakson, Ajit Pai

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 and Virginia Rowlett    

Katie Lemon
36,561 supporters
Update posted 23 hours ago

Petition to Apple

Apple: Please Allow Small Businesses to Publish Apps In The App Store

Our hope with this petition is to open a constructive dialogue with Apple to reconsider their new App Store approval guidelines by giving small businesses a fighting chance against large corporations who can afford custom iOS development. "4.2.6 - Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected." With these words, Apple has now made it clear that drag & drop app building - which simplifies, speeds up, and makes iOS development affordable for small businesses - is no longer accepted in their App Store regardless of the quality of the app. What’s the story? It has become evident that the business model of “drag and drop app builders” using pre-built components that facilitate, speed up, and make mobile app development affordable for small businesses is no longer accepted in the App Store. Why is this important? Any small business that cannot afford custom mobile app development will be affected by this ban. Custom app development costs vary, but it can be anywhere from $20,000 to $200,000 depending on their feature requirements. They will no longer be able to offer their customers a personalized app experience on iOS comparative to the Taco Bells, Starbucks’, and McDonalds’ of the industry. Small businesses will not be able to compete with larger brands because they will not be able to offer similar customer experiences on a much smaller budget. What types of businesses and organizations are affected by this ban? Restaurants Gyms & Fitness Clubs Hair Salons Schools & Universities Non-profit Organizations Local Governments Religious Organizations Local Radio & News Outlets Any Business or Organization who cannot afford the high cost of building a native iPhone app Why is this ban problematic? The functionality of apps can be similar (e.g. a restaurant uses a food ordering system with a built-in loyalty program), however, its content and purpose are as different as the customers using the mobile apps. You can still build a “unique” app with a templated framework. The reasoning behind the 4.2.6 rejection is problematic because Apple is not concerned with the end product but rather with the method with which the app is created. More specifically, if your app is easy to make but the end product is unique & functional, your app will still be rejected due to its templated code. Are there better alternatives for cleaning up the App Store? We understand that Apple is looking to “clean up” the app store and we are happy to see that uploading 1000s of the same version of a particular game is no longer acceptable. However, Apple could have taken a more targeted approach in order to give small businesses a fair chance. They could have removed these types of apps from its respective categories and allowed them to only be searchable through direct search. Users of mobile apps built by local businesses are typically not downloading these apps by searching through the “Food & Dining” category as an example but rather these customers are searching the business name directly in App Store, scanning a QR code, or download the app directly from an iTunes App URL. Other solutions: Another solution that moves native app features onto Progressive Web Apps or PWAs. This technology is backed by Google and it allows you to build app-like mobile experiences without the app store. Customers would no longer need to download an app to access powerful features like mobile food ordering or loyalty programs. They simply access it through their web browser. Google supports it, but Apple has not implemented the technology onto their mobile Safari browsers. Other items to note: Senator Ted W. Lieu has gotten involved and has since sent a letter to Tim Cook, the CEO at Apple, in regards to these that will affect millions of small businesses and other organizations worldwide. “It is my understanding that many small businesses, research organizations and religious institutions rely on template apps when they do not possess the resources to develop apps in-house,” wrote Lieu, a Democrat, in the note obtained by Recode. He urged Apple to “examine possible changes” to its guidelines. You can view his letter to Apple here: Other organizations that support this petition: "AppMakr has helped thousands of community groups, churches, entrepreneurs and small businesses to join the app economy by giving them a cost-effective, easy way to build high-value apps for the iOS community. We would love to see Apple continue to support this important ecosystem by leveraging the iTunes App Store important role in economic development." - Jay Shapiro, CEO of AppMakr "We feel the 4.2.6 rejection ruling is a necessity to safeguard the quality of the Apple's App Store, however many smaller organizations (including festival promoters) cannot afford custom iOS development. This new guideline creates an unfair market situation and competitive advantage for larger players, unfortunately also killing the innovation that typically arises from the 'challengers' in our industry and most like many other industries as well." - Robin Van den Bergh, CEO of Appmiral What is our goal with this petition? We are simply looking to open a constructive dialogue with Apple and see if there is a middle ground to be met with their new approval guidelines. We also hope to show Apple the true impact these changes have on a very large industry which cannot afford custom iPhone development (small businesses) and discuss ideas that would allow small businesses and local organizations to continue creating iPhone apps affordably,  while also helping Apple's initiative to declutter the App Store.

Bizness Apps, Inc.
1,183 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Ajit Pai, Donald Trump, Cheryl King

Internet Privacy and Net Neutrality

While many of you may think that you are secure on the internet, none of you are. How many of you have a Gmail? How about a Google plus or a twitter account? YouTube? These programs are tracking you. Public law 115-22, passed on April 3, takes privacy protection to a whole new level. On December 16, 2016, the Obama administration and The FCC (Federal Communications Commission), passed a law relating to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services”, or FCC 16-148. While you can feel free to Google that, it’s a 72-page document, so I’ll just give you the gist of it. This new law protected Net Neutrality and customer privacy. Internet Service providers such as Verizon now had to protect their subscribers from cyberattacks, report any cyberattacks, protect their subscriber’s privacy, and could not sell user data. Consider this: you pay for Internet. You don’t pay for Google or Twitter. Google and twitter’s services are free. Google only makes $32 dollars off you. If you had been willing to pay just $32, you could get Google without trackers! But in the early 2000’s, the consumers decided that they didn’t want to pay for internet services. So, websites like Tripod (The precursor of Myspace, which was the precursor of Facebook, etc.), started placing ads on their pages. This worked great for a while, up until some executive decided that they could make more money if they targeted specific users. (Ad Networks pay-per-click, which means the more clicks on an ad, the more the website makes.) And so tracking was born! But back to Public law 115-22. No only does this law remove online privacy protections, but it also means that ISPs no longer have to report cyberattacks, so your passwords, Social Security Number, and more could be compromised, and Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Bell, or whatever ISP you use, wouldn’t even have to tell you! And guess what? That data that ISPs now have access to means that they are making even more money by selling your data that you pay them to acquire. Not to mention, Net Neutrality is down the toilet as well, which means that the internet could be more like a TV service, where you pay for individual sites, or websites like Netflix would have to pay to deliver their content to customers on that ISP. So what can you do? You can sign my petition, or talk to your local congressman. And to protect your data, you can sign up for a VPN like Tunnel Bear, or use TOR, i2p, or freenet. You can also look for a green lock on the upper left hand corner of your browser to ensure that the site that you are browsing is secure. But most importantly, you need to stay aware of what you are sharing online, and who you are sharing it with. And remember, your data isn’t yours anymore when it’s on the Internet.  

Daniel Meskin
93,400 supporters