Net Neutrality Update
At their December 14 meeting, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to restore the Internet to a light regulatory framework by classifying broadband Internet service as an information service, reversing the 2015 Title II classification that insures all websites and online services are treated equally by broadband companies. The new proposal would simply require Internet service providers to be transparent about their practices.
Hundreds of libraries and information professionals are among the millions of internet users who weighed in to support the 2015’s Net Neutrality Order. The American Library Association is committed to preserving the open and free internet we all need to ensure intellectual freedom and equitable access in the digital age. They will continue working with supporters of strong net neutrality protections to ensure policymakers know how important a free and open internet is to libraries and the communities we serve. ALA will provide analysis of the draft order and additional options for librarians to raise their voices in support of the Open Internet in the coming weeks.