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Petition: Don't Let Verizon Kill Free WiFi!

PETITION TO VERIZON: We call on ISPs like Verizon not to pursue punitive action against businesses that provide free WiFi by slowing down or eliminating their Internet access. Help keep the Internet as free and as open as possible -- revise your "six strikes" plan now! 

We have the details on how various Internet Service Providers plan to implement their anti-infringement "six strikes" plans -- and it's not good. 

AT&T's plan is to block access to frequently visited sites. Time Warner will constantly redirect you to a landing page. Verizon will plans to reduce connection speeds to the snail pace of 256kbps. 

What do all of them have in common? None of them actually let you get up to six strikes -- and all of them have the potential, even as they claim they're not "cutting people off" from the Internet, to make free WiFi almost nonexistent. 

Verizon has confirmed that its "six strikes" plan will apply to businesses, not just personal accounts. That means the cafe down the street may end up with essentially unusable WiFi if even one customer abuses the system -- and even terminate their accounts entirely. 

We can't let that happen. A free and open Internet is one of the most important tools a democracy can have -- and as long as ISPs like Verizon plan to battle copyright infringement by slowing down or eliminating business's Internet access, that tool will be in jeopardy. Will you join us in urging Verizon not to bow to copyright holders at the expense of their customers?

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Signed! And passed around, too.

In the mid 90's Seattle had a big open WiFi movement. I'm sure other places did as well. Of course before the 1996 telecommunications act local communities were setting up internet service for free as part of their library services. Napa had NapaNet that was intended to be a free service, but that fell apart as a result of the legislation so they charge now.


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