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Net neutrality: America’s libraries stand for freedom and fairness

“From books to broadband, libraries have always existed to provide equitable opportunities for all. Few can doubt the internet’s central role as a driver for expanding civic and economic opportunity, from free speech to the free market. Equitable treatment on the communications channel for the 21st Century is near and dear to librarians and the publics we serve. The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2015 Open Internet Order provided clear, enforceable rules to ensure these opportunities are preserved for all.” (via The Hill)

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IFLA — Don’t Get Stuck in the Slow Lane – Libraries Call for Action on Net Neutrality

“The internet is built to be egalitarian, allowing everyone to access information from across the web without unfair interference.However, this is not the case when Internet service providers (ISPs) can give preference to particular websites, confining others to the slow-lane. This is what happens when the principle of net neutrality is compromised.As institutions committed to giving their users equal access to knowledge, libraries have a major stake in upholding the principle of net neutrality. An IFLA Statement, launched today during a dedicated session of the World Library and Information Congress, sets out the issues and the steps the library community can take.” (via IFLA)

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ALA applauds decision upholding net neutrality protections

“Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association (ALA), released the following statement regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruling on United States Telecom Association, et al., v. Federal Communications Commission and United States of America:”The American Library Association hails the U.S. Court of Appeals decision today upholding the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order. America’s libraries collect, create and disseminate essential information to the public over the Internet. We also ensure our users are able to access the Internet and create and distribute their own digital content and applications. Keeping an open Internet—often referred to as ‘network neutrality’— is essential to meeting our mission in serving our communities.” (via ALA)

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Why the death of net neutrality would be a disaster for libraries

“The Internet’s eyes turned to the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, as the panel approved a plan to consider allowing Internet service providers to charge Web sites like Netflix for higher-quality delivery of their content to consumers. In the lead-up to the vote, tech companies, venture capitalists and even celebrities all expressed opposition to the proposal, arguing that it would effectively end the open Internet. But another group who cares deeply about this issue is the library community. The Switch spoke to Lynne Bradley, the director of government relations at the American Library Association’s Washington office, about how net neutrality affects libraries, the people who rely on them and public institutions at large.” (via Washington Post)

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ARL Disappointed with Court Ruling on Network Neutrality

“On January 14, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Open Internet Order’s anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules, a regulation governing network neutrality. The court’s ruling striking down the Open Internet Order could result in Internet service providers providing prioritized delivery for those willing to pay to promote their content, advancing commercial interests over research library and higher education interests. Although the DC Circuit rejected the Open Internet Order, the court upheld the FCC’s authority to regulate broadband services, thus leaving open the possibility of the FCC reclassifying broadband providers or redrafting its network neutrality rules in accordance with the opinion.” (via ARL)

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