Today, the American Library Association (ALA) joined a diverse group of consumer, media, technology, library, arts, content creators, civil liberties, and civil rights advocates urging federal lawmakers to oppose legislation and regulatory actions that would threaten net neutrality and roll back the important protections put in place by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015, and to continue to enforce the Open Internet Order as it stands. In a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) we joined other organizations to emphasize that continued economic, social, and political growth and innovation, is dependent on an open and accessible internet.
Equitable access to information is a core principle for libraries. And the rules put in place in 2015–and affirmed by an appeals court– ensure the strongest possible protections for equitable access to online information, applications and services for all. The letter we co-signed today is in response to statements by Chairman Pai and news reports that indicate strong net neutrality protections may be in danger. ALA will continue to be vigilant on this issue and more action may be needed soon. We ask library advocates to stand by.