Network Neutrality

Net neutrality battle continues in new venues

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

In the month since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to approve an Order to Protect and Promote the Open Internet, the American Library Association (ALA) and its allies have been wading into the details published by the Commission March 12 to better understand the implications for libraries and higher education. It’s also been a busy time with Congressional hearings ... Read More »

ALA applauds FCC vote to protect open Internet

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to assert the strongest possible open Internet protections—banning paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. In a statement issued today, the American Library Association (ALA), applauded this bold step forward in ensuring a fair and open Internet. “America’s libraries collect, create and disseminate essential information to the public over ... Read More »

House Committee holds hearing on network neutrality

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On the eve of the FCC’s expected vote in favor of strong net neutrality rules, the House committee provided a preview of the challenges ahead in defending the open Internet. Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee today expressed concerns at its hearing, The Uncertain Future of the Internet, ahead of the FCC’s anticipated net neutrality vote. The FCC ... Read More »

It’s a Big Deal: FCC Chairman outlines strong network neutrality protections

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

Today Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler will circulate his network neutrality proposal to fellow Commissioners in preparation for a February 26 vote. While we can’t read the detailed draft as it is not yet public, the Chairman did outline his plans in a Wired op-ed and fact sheet released yesterday. To paraphrase our Vice President, this is a ... Read More »

ALA welcomes President Obama’s strong affirmation of net neutrality

Barack Obama

Yesterday President Barack Obama re-affirmed his commitment to network neutrality principles and to the strongest rules to protect the open internet. The American Library Association (ALA) welcomes his statement and outline of principles that echo those of public comments filed by the ALA and a coalition of library and higher education organizations this year. “The ALA heartily agrees with the ... Read More »