Posts Tagged '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.

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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.

ALA files comments on Open Internet

The American Library Association (ALA), with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE have filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the Open Internet and net neutrality regarding “specialized services” and the application of open Internet rules to mobile Internet access services.  For more information, including a link to the comments, see the District Dispatch posting.

ALA files comments on FCC’s “Third Way” for net neutrality

The American Library Association (ALA) has filed comments in support of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Framework for Broadband Internet Service, also known as the “Third Way.”  ALA feels that this is the best way to ensure both flexibility and equal access.  For more information, including a link to the comments, see the District Dispatch posting.


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