[Libs-Or] ALA: FCC’s consideration of net neutrality principles key to preserving free Internet

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 23 11:33:49 PDT 2009

ALA: FCC’s consideration of net neutrality principles key to preserving free
Internet <http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=3935> October 22nd, 2009
| Category: Technology, the Internet, and

Contact: Jenni Terry <jterry at alawash.org>
Press Officer, ALA Washington Office


Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) strongly supports
Chairman Julius Genachowski’s efforts to move the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) forward in consideration of principles to protect the free
and open nature of the Internet.

The FCC voted unanimously today to proceed with issuing a notice of proposed
rulemaking, which would add two principles of non-discrimination and
transparency to the existing four principles of network neutrality, and to
allow a period of public commentary.

“We thank the FCC commissioners for establishing a way for the American
public to participate in this important debate,” ALA President Camila Alire

“ALA has long supported network neutrality. As information professionals, we
know how essential it is to have a diversity of information sources, and we
believe an open Internet benefits all. Chairman Genachowski is heading in
the right direction by revising and expanding the principles of net

ALA’s principles center on intellectual freedom and access to information.
Network neutrality extends these principles to online content; it also
encourages innovation and allows even the smallest provider of online
information access to a level playing field. The Internet developed as a
neutral, democratic technology, and ALA believes the FCC must preserve it.


Diedre Conkling
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
Newport, OR  97365
Work phone & fax:  541-265-3066
Work email:  diedre at beachbooks.org
Home email:  diedre08 at gmail.com
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