Ask your senators to vote “NO” on overturning net neutality order

This week (Nov. 7-11) the full U.S. Senate will vote on Senate Joint Resolution 6, a bill to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) order passed to adopt “net neutrality.”

Please call your Senators and ask them to vote “NO” on S.J. Res. 6.  You may reach your Senators by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.  Your call sends a loud and clear message that libraries depend on an open and nondiscriminatory Internet to provide our patrons, the public, unfettered access to information.

Additional talking points:

•    Voting no helps preserve the openness of the Internet which is essential to our nation’s educational achievement, freedom of speech and economic growth.
•    Without an open and neutral Internet, there is great risk that commercial Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will give higher priority to some users (e.g. give entertainment priority over education).
•    ISPs may seek to impose additional fees on Internet users which could drastically impact libraries who require much greater bandwidth than households to serve their patrons, many at one time.

This anti-net neutrality resolution, if passed, would strike at the heart of libraries’ ability to ensure patrons have open, unfettered access to all types of information.

Additional information, including links to the letter the ALA sent to Senate leadership, is available here

To find out who you senator is, click here

About

Ted Wegner is the Grassroots Coordinator for ALA Washington Office's Office of Government Relations (OGR). He provides advocacy training and resources to members. He also oversees OGR's legislative activities on copyright issues. Ted has been with ALA since 2011.

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One comment on “Ask your senators to vote “NO” on overturning net neutality order
  1. Additional talking point:

    The American Library Association has dirty hands on this issue. See my blog post hyperlinked in original quote below from Red State for the details on exactly how the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom Deputy Director Deborah Caldwell-Stone used Wikipedia anonymously and dishonestly to promote net neutrality:

    It turns out the fraud behind the Net Neutrality movement runs ever deeper than we knew: The ALA has been astroturfing for Free Press and its front group Save the Internet, over on Wikipedia.”

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