ALA, ACRL, ARL, COSLA file network neutrality amicus

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

Four national library organizations today argued in support of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) strong, enforceable rules to protect and preserve the open internet with an amici filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

With other network neutrality allies also filing legal briefs, the American Library Association (ALA), Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) focused their filing on four key points to support the FCC and rebut petitioners in the case of United States Telecom Association, et al., v. Federal Communications Commission and United States of America:

  1. Libraries need strong open internet rules to fulfill our missions and serve our patrons;
  2. Libraries would be seriously disadvantaged without rules banning paid prioritization;
  3. The FCC’s General Conduct Rule is an important tool to ensure the internet remains open against future harms that cannot yet be defined; and
  4. The participation of library and higher education groups in the FCC rulemaking process demonstrates sufficient notice of the proposed open internet rules.

Oral arguments are scheduled for December 4, 2015.

ALA looks forward to continued collaboration with national library organizations in our policy advocacy, consistent with the strategy and theme of the Policy Revolution! initiative. For this brief, we appreciate the leadership of Krista Cox of ARL in preparing the submission and coordinating with other network neutrality advocates. Stay posted for developments in network neutrality and other policy issues via the District Dispatch.

About Larra Clark

As Deputy Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), Larra’s responsibilities include overall management of OITP’s telecommunications portfolio and day-to-day management of America’s Libraries for the 21st Century (AL21C) projects and those in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously, she served as the project manager in the ALA Office for Research & Statistics for three years.


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