Network Neutrality

The next move for net neutrality

Threats to net neutrality continue to be a serious concern for libraries, concurrent with the extraordinary pressures around the Institute of Museum and Library Services, created by the President’s Budget Blueprint. (For more on the FY 2018 appropriations process, please go to Fight for Libraries!, a new advocacy portal.) Today, however, the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of ... Read More »

ALA adds name to keep the net neutral

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

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 ... Read More »

Happy Anniversary, Open Internet Order

protesters holding neon letters #OPENINTERNET4ALL with Seattle skyline in background

Federal policymaking is not exclusively about regulatory minutiae; sometimes we celebrate milestones. Yesterday Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) Director Alan Inouye and I joined dozens of Congressional staffers, policy analysts and advocates in Cannon House Office Building in honor of the second anniversary of the Open Internet Order. The star speaker was FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who highlighted the ... Read More »

Look Back, Move Forward: network neutrality

2014 Resolution Reaffirming Support for National Open Internet Policies and “Network Neutrality”

With news about network neutrality in everyone’s feeds recently, let’s TBT to 2014 at the Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the ALA Council passed a resolution “Reaffirming Support for National Open Internet Policies and Network Neutrality.” And in 2006—over a decade ago!—our first resolution “Affirming Network Neutrality” was approved. You can read both resolutions from 2006 and 2014 ... Read More »

Talking telecom at Howard University

Founders Library, Howard University

Yesterday, I gave a guest lecture in an undergraduate course on communications law at Howard University. I provided a high-level overview of some of the most pressing telecommunications topics in the library community’s “policy hopper” today – including e-rate and Universal Service, net neutrality and spectrum policy. I even offered my standard patter on 3D printing and its policy implications. ... Read More »