The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today announced that it intends to add two new principles – non-discrimination and transparency – to the four standing principles of network neutrality.
ALA has long supported the goal of a free and open Internet, and we applaud the Chairman for his goal of developing a principle of non-discrimination and one of transparency. As the Chairman defines them, the principle of non-discrimination states that broadband providers cannot discriminate against particular Internet content or applications, and the principle of transparency principle states that providers of broadband Internet access must be transparent about their network management practices. The Chairman also announced that the FCC will release a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on the two new principles. ALA looks forward to responding to the NPRM.
More information about ALA’s position on network neutrality is available from the Office for Information Technology’s Policy Brief, “A Library Perspective on Network Neutrality.” released in December 2006.