Tag Archives: Net Neutrality

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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Net neutrality goes on trial

“A federal court is set to hear arguments on Monday in a case that could shape the future of the Internet. Lawyers for the Federal Communications Commission will defend the agency’s controversial net neutrality regulations against a legal challenge from Verizon before a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Supporters of the rules say they preserve a free and open Internet, but opponents argue they are an unnecessary burden on businesses and amount to government control of the Internet.” (via The Hill’s Hillicon Valley)

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FCC Seeks New Plan for Web

WSJ – “Federal Communications Commission members began the work of relaunching their broadband strategy Wednesday, a day after a court threw out their earlier effort to police broadband traffic and even as Internet providers said no action at all would be best. The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that the FCC has limited authority under current law to tell Internet providers how to manage their networks has put portions of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s National Broadband Plan at risk.”

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After Appeals Court Decision, Whither Net Neutrality?

LJ – “Narrow ruling stymies FCC authority to pursue policy, but new regulation may emerge”

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The FCC Loses—Again

WSJ – “To the surprise of no one, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to regulate how Internet service providers manage their networks. This validation of the rule of law over bureaucratic diktat is worth cheering. The question now is whether the Obama Administration will accept the decision or evade it by finding other ways to impose “net neutrality” rules on Comcast, AT&T and others.”

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Keeping cyberspace open to the public

BBC – “Bill Thompson doesn’t want to see the online commons enclosed by private interests.”

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The case against the FCC’s Net neutrality plan

CNET News – “The same FCC that now casts itself as savior of the open network has grown increasingly aggressive and prudish in policing content in its traditional job as regulator of over-the-air television.”

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McCain Gets Mavericky on ‘Net Neutrality

AllThingsD – “Just hours after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski officially unveiled ‘Net neutrality rules, the Arizona Republican introduced a bill that would prohibit the Commission from enacting them. Called the Internet Freedom Act, the legislation says the FCC “shall not propose, promulgate, or issue any regulations regarding the Internet or IP-enabled services.”

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