The American Library Association (ALA), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and EDUCAUSE say U.S. Reps. Doris Matsui (CA-5), Edward Markey (MA-7) and Anna Eshoo (CA-14) are championing the concerns of anchor institutions by calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure its upcoming order on network (net) neutrality applies to them.
Higher education and libraries are at the forefront of developing new and innovative research applications and educational content over the Internet. The members’ letter sent to the FCC today requests that any net neutrality safeguards ensure that the Internet remains open for such content and essential services to the public.
“During your proceedings, we want to ensure that America’s community anchor institutions — the schools, libraries, community colleges, and other higher education institutions — are not left out of the proposed safeguards,” the members’ letter to the FCC commissioners states.
The members assert that “Community anchor institutions should be included in the definition of broadband Internet access service and in the non-discrimination protections. Leaving these critical institutions out of the proposal will create a gaping hole in the FCC’s net neutrality safeguards.”
Earlier this week, the ALA, the ARL, and EDUCAUSE sent their own letter to the FCC, requesting the same safeguards as well as other changes necessary to make certain the net neutrality order applies to non-profits, such as libraries and education entities, who create and provide access to Internet content.