Just before Thanksgiving, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai announced his plan to roll back the 2015 Open Internet Order. This would do away with rules that limit the power of Internet Service Providers – like Verizon and Comcast – to slow websites, block mobile apps, or in any way control the information we access.
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. Strong, enforceable net neutrality rules, like the one Chairman Pai plans to dismantle, are critical to the functioning of modern libraries because we rely on the internet to collect, create and disseminate essential online information and services to the public.
The FCC is scheduled to vote on this dangerous proposal at its meeting on December 14, and every indication suggests Chairman Pai has the three votes he needs to pass it.
Hearing enough strong disapproval from Congress could persuade the FCC to stall this disturbing plan. Call and email your members of Congress today (use the easy ALA action alert tool) and tell them you oppose Chairman Pai’s plans to dismantle net neutrality.
Read more about Chairman Pai’s plan in ALA’s District Dispatch blog. ALA and ACRL, together with other library and higher education groups, have long supported regulations classifying ISPs as “common carriers” as a means to compel those companies providing Internet access to keep a level playing field. ACRL has included net neutrality on its legislative agenda as a priority policy issue for several years.