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Net Neutrality Update

Last week, a number of things happened regarding net neutrality.  A District Dispatch posting provides more details and links to additional information on the following:

  • Amendment to FY2012 bill passed – This amendment introduced by Senator Walden (R-OR) would prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from using federal funds to implement its net neutrality order.  This amendment was included in the FY2012 bill that passed in the House and is heading to the Senate.
  • Hearings held – The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, as well as the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet, held hearings on net neutrality.  Video or written documentation is now available.
  • Letters of opposition – The American Library Association (ALA), Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE submitted a letter opposing any attempt to eliminate the FCC’s recent net neutrality rules.  Other letters of opposition from a diverse group of organizations were also submitted and are available for viewing.
  • Joint Resolution – House and Senate Republicans issued joint resolutions (SJ Res 6 and HJ Res 37) disapproving of the recent net neutrality order approved by the FCC.

It is unclear what will happen with net neutrality in the Senate.

This District Dispatch posting also includes a link to a complete list of activity in the 112th Congress dealing with net neutrality.


ALA files letter in support of net neutrality & FCC

The American Library Association (ALA) and its allies, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and Educause, have sent a letter to members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to share their opposition to any attempts to remove the net neutrality ruling by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC).  For a link to the letter, see the District Dispatch posting.  The posting also includes links to written testimony of one hearing and a webcast of the other hearing.

Open Internet, Net Neutrality rules at risk

There is movement in the House to strip the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of its authority over the Internet and repeal the net neutrality rules that protect the Open Internet, possibly using the Congressional Review Act.  Two House Committees will be holding hearings on net neutrality this week:  Energy and Commerce (“Communications and Technology Subcommittee to Examine Network Neutrality and Internet Regulation” and Judiciary (“Ensuring Competition on the Internet: Net Neutrality and Antitrust”).

The American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office is currently working with its allies, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and Educause, to submit a letter to the House Energy & Commerce subcommittee members expressing concerns.  In the future, there will be a need for grassroots advocacy.  Updates will be posted, as more details become available.

Here are some sources of additional background information:

ALA releases summary of Net Neutrality order

The American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office released a summary of the Net Neutrality order issued last month by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  The summary also includes concerns about the new order.

Companies are also reacting to the new Net Neutrality order.  A blog article from the Washington Post discusses the corporate side of this subject.

FCC issues new order on Net Neutrality, still concerns for libraries

On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed a new order on net neutrality.  The press release and Report and Order are available online.

There are a number of concerns, most notably that libraries will be considered consumers and may not be able to ensure that web content can be equally accessed and also that none of the rules apply to wireless access.  For more information, see the District Dispatch posting and an article from The Daily Beast.

ALA submits concerns on proposed net neutrality order to FCC

The American Library Association (ALA), along with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE, has sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sharing concerns that the proposed net neutrality order does not provide adequate protections for library and higher education services for the public.  For a list of specific concerns, please see the District Dispatch posting.

E-rate changes take effect in 30 days

The American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office stated in the District Dispatch today:

 “The Sixth Report and Order on the E-rate program was published in today’s Federal Register. The publication of the Order means that the changes to the E-rate program that were voted on by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in September will be effective thirty days after today, or January 3, 2011. ALA continues to work with the FCC to ensure that clear guidance be developed so that library applicants will clearly understand their options and obligations under the program.”


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