July 12 Save Net Neutrality Day of Action

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Save Net Neutrality Day of Action is Today!

The Federal Communications Commission has opened a public proceeding to roll back network neutrality protections instituted in 2015. Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) must enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source and without favoring or blocking specific services or websites.

On July 12, websites, internet users and online communities will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality. Absent strong, enforceable net neutrality protections, ISPs have the financial incentive and opportunity to sell priority access to certain content providers. Enforceable rules are essential for libraries to fulfill our missions and serve our patrons. Tell the FCC to Save Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality Day of Action

Libraries and Net Neutrality Talking Points

  • Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) must enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source and without favoring or blocking specific services or websites.
  • After a public process that generated more than 4 million comments, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved an Order in 2015 that gave Internet users the strongest net neutrality protections to date. The “bright line” rules state that ISPs cannot block traffic, degrade access, or offer to speed up some traffic for a fee.
  • The ALA and America’s libraries believe preserving the open internet is essential for ensuring the free flow of information to all, which underpins free speech, research and learning, economic empowerment and digital innovation.
  • America’s libraries collect, create and disseminate essential information to the public over the Internet. We support strong, enforceable net neutrality protections as an expression of our values, our mission, and our professional practice as broadband consumers and advocates.

Additional Resources

  • Home page for ALA advocacy related to net neutrality
  • Ongoing updates on net neutrality via District Dispatch blog
  • New Because statements and Day of Action resources
Created on Jul 12, 2017 | Last updated July 12, 2017