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Small Business owners can protect net neutrality

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Run a small business? You can save the Internet

The first week of May is National Small Business Week. If you operate a small business or startup, we’d like to enlist your help.

You may already have already heard that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to repeal net neutrality laws. In fact, the FCC has already voted to do so. Repealing these regulations will directly impact small businesses by allowing ISPs to create fast lanes and data caps, block specific sites or apps, throttle Internet speeds and charge exorbitant tolls. It would give the biggest corporations an even greater advantage over new startups and small mom-and-pop businesses.

The Senate will soon vote on the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to block the FCC’s repeal. Small business owners and net neutrality supporters can pressure our Senators to do the right thing and pass the CRA.

The FCC plans to kill net neutrality. Here’s how to stop them

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A brief overview of the FCC’s plan to kill net neutrality

Net neutrality seems to be on everyone’s mind right now as we steel ourselves for the FCC’s upcoming vote on December 14. It seems the top priority for these Trump-appointed FCC members is to overturn the net neutrality regulations that were hard won under the last administration. Next month’s vote to do just that is very likely to pass by a three-to-two margin.

Right now, the Internet is classified as a public utility under Title II. This allows each Internet user the ability to do what they want online, without preferential treatment given to some websites that would make them faster than others. That’s one of the biggest concerns, that without net neutrality, the Internet will become like two lanes of traffic: the high-speed lane in which the industry’s bigwigs and corporations pay for faster delivery speeds, and the throttled slow lane for everyone else, including startups and lesser-known companies that can’t afford the fast lane.

Hello Burlington. Pleased to meet you.

Ask Us Anything

Thanks for sharing your questions in the first Ting and Burlington open Q&A. We got some really great questions from the community. Check the archived AMA.

Illustrated Burlington cityscape

UPDATE: The Ting Letter of Intent (LOI, otherwise known as our bid) has been updated. Our commitment to Burlington as a whole is laid out more clearly and we’ve upped the ante by $2.5 million. See the updated letter of intent.

We’re Ting. It’s now public that we, via our parent company Tucows, are one of the companies bidding to become the steward of the BT fiber network. We’re happy things are out in the open. We don’t really go in for the whole cloak and dagger routine.

The reasons the network was put out to tender have been discussed at length. We’re not going to retread any of that ground except to acknowledge that the circumstances under which we’re being introduced to each other are less than ideal. We understand that many Burlingtonians would like to keep BT entirely locally owned. We understand that ambition. We appreciate the chance to put Ting and our community approach forward as the best of both worlds.

We aren’t looking at BT as an asset to be scooped up Monopoly-style. We look at Burlington, VT as the kind of forward-thinking community we love to be a part of.

We think that our community involvement, our customer-first approach and our commitment to the open Internet and net neutrality make Ting the right choice to work with BT to maintain the fiber network and continue to grow its footprint.

Kajeet customers: $35 credit + $25 for each additional phone you bring to Ting

Choice is the upside of competition. Today we have more choice in cell phone providers… though we had slightly more yesterday. Family-focused carrier Kajeet has decided to shut down its phone service to instead focus on its Internet efforts.

That leaves a number of Kajeet customers making plans for where to take their phone service.

May we present Ting as the most — arguably the only — logical choice for anyone that liked Kajeet’s kids and family focus.

In short: You can bring your Kajeet phones and numbers to Ting and be up and running in minutes. No contracts or BS. Here, you’ll get powerful tools that put you in control.

Displaced Kajeet customers: we think you’ll really like Ting. We’re happy to offer you $35 to get started with one phone. We’ll also credit your account an additional $25 for each additional phone you add to your Ting account. For a family with four phones for example, that’s $110 in Ting credit. Ting credit is automatically applied to your Ting bill total and doesn’t expire.

The average Ting bill is just $23 a month per phone on an account.

Ting to offer iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus beginning Friday, May 12

 iPhone 7 now on Ting - Showing a silver iPhone 7 front view. If your screen reader is reciting this alt text to you, it might interest you to know that iPhone has some of the best accessibility options available.

Ting will offer iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the best, most advanced iPhone ever, featuring new advanced camera systems, the best battery life ever on an iPhone and water and dust resistance beginning on Friday, May 12. iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE will also be available.

“We are excited to bring iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to our simple and affordable way of doing mobile,” said Elliot Noss, CEO of Ting. “iPhone is unparalleled in its user experience and we have heard loud and clear from our customers how important that is to them. We are excited to be able to combine the most advanced iPhone with our own great usability and customer service. iPhone delights its users every day. Ting does the same.”

Ting offers mobile that makes sense. Ting has no contracts, no overage penalties and no hidden fees. Minutes, megabytes and messages are each billed separately and customers only pay for the usage levels they actually hit each month. Businesses and families can have unlimited devices on one account and share usage for even greater savings. Active devices on an account cost just $6 per month. Ting provides a clear, usable control panel for customers to manage their accounts and smart, accessible people that are empowered to solve problems.

For more information on iPhone, please visit: www.apple.com.

Ting sticker pack: Phonemoji by Ting for iMessage

phonemoji by TingYou may have heard our announcement yesterday that starting this Friday, May 12, we’ll be officially offering iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the Ting shop.

Now, we grant you that boardroom-brokered deals aren’t, by their nature, terribly interesting. However, we’ve got a cute, celebratory little thing that we were inspired to do because of this launch.

We’re proud to present Ting’s own iMessage stickers. Phonemoji by Ting is a free sticker pack for iMessage. Replete with SIM cards doing cute stuff and smartphones smiling just so, we tried to cover off the basics and we hope you like it.

Perhaps our favorite part of the Ting sticker pack: There’s a Ting sticker of the Ting sticker.

We’re already at work on the next update to the Phonemoji by Ting sticker pack. We’d love to hear your ideas for what you’d like to see added, too – share them in the comments below.

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