Network Neutrality

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 »

Library funding receives boosts in compromise budget agreement

Coins spill out of a glass jar

Late last night, Congress announced its proposed FY16 budget agreement detailing funding levels for the Federal government through September 2016, which includes increases for key library programs and allows implementation of the Federal Communications Commission Open Internet Order to go forward.  House Speaker Ryan also sneaked in a cybersecurity rider that ALA strongly opposes. In an action alert, we call ... Read More »

News to watch: Net Neutrality oral arguments on December 4

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

In what has become something of a well-traveled rut, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be back at the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit on Friday, December 4, to make its case on behalf of the Open Internet. The FCC will defend the Order it approved in February, which the ALA and a host of library and higher ... Read More »