[Libs-Or] Information: Library, higher education groups call on FCC to adopt net neutrality principles
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Library, higher education groups call on FCC to adopt net neutrality
March 01, 2010 ( No
*Jenni Terry <jterry at alawash.org>
ALA Washington Office
For Immediate Release
March 1, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Eleven library and higher education-related institutions
and organizations today sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski in support of preserving an open Internet.
The groups assert that the Internet faces major threats as a result of
deregulation. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have strong incentives to
degrade certain Internet services, and new technologies increasingly allow
them to control Internet traffic without end user knowledge. Simple,
flexible policies are necessary to safeguard the open nature of the Internet
and to protect the free flow of information and educational content,
according to the letter.
The letter’s signatories urge the adoption of Internet (net) neutrality
principles including non-discrimination and transparency, while allowing for
reasonable practices to manage technical issues such as congestion and spam.
These principles would give ISPs simple ground rules, and guarantee that
private network operators and end users remain free to use Internet access
as they see fit.
The following organizations signed the letter: the American Library
Association, Association of Research Libraries, Association for Information
Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, American
Association of Community Colleges, American Council on Education,
Association of American Universities, Association of Public and Land-grant
Universities, Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, EDUCAUSE, Internet2,
National Association of College and University Business Officers.
The letter can be viewed
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
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