[Libs-Or] Champions of net neutrality - OLA and Senator Wyden

MaryKay Dahlgreen marykay.dahlgreen at state.or.us
Wed Nov 12 09:14:48 PST 2014

Thanks, Roberta and the IF & Legislative Committees for your work on this issue, and thank you to Senator Wyden and Candice for the excellent letter!

MaryKay Dahlgreen
Oregon State Librarian
marykay.dahlgreen at state.or.us

From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Roberta Richards
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 7:42 AM
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Subject: [Libs-Or] Champions of net neutrality - OLA and Senator Wyden

Greetings to the library community,
OLA's Intellectual Freedom and Legislative Committees have been working with Senator Ron Wyden to spread support for net neutrality. OLA President Candice Watkins and Senator Ron Wyden recently co-authored an op ed letter<http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/columnists/20141107/wyden> about net neutrality that was published in the East Oregonian this Sunday<http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/columnists/20141107/wyden>.  Watch for this letter to be published later this week in the Portland Tribune also.  For those of you who live outside of the East Oregonian and Portland areas, feel free to ask your local newspapers to publish a copy as well.

As the letter indicated, net neutrality is a vitally important issue for libraries, both on intellectual freedom grounds supporting the right to access information, and as a practical matter concerning the price and speed of Internet service. President Obama recently expressed strong support for net neutrality, calling on the the FCC to adopt "the strongest possible rules" in defense of an open Internet<http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/11/10/president-obama-urges-fcc-implement-stronger-net-neutrality-rules>. This call by President Obama follows a flurry of news stories that the FCC is considering a proposed "hybrid approach"<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/01/technology/fcc-considering-hybrid-regulatory-approach-to-net-neutrality.html?_r=0> to net neutrality that falls far short of the strong protection called for by the OLA, ALA, Senator Wyden and President Obama.  With the FCC expected to issue its ruling by the end of the year, opportunities for the public to influence this critical debate are running out.

The net neutrality webpage <http://www.olaweb.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=500:intellectual-freedom-net-neutrality&catid=20:site-content> compiled by the OLA Legislative and Intellectual Freedom Committees provides more information about this issue, including the most effective ways to join this conversation which is so important to libraries.

Questions?  Comments?  Feel free to contact the Intellectual Freedom Committee.

Roberta Richards and Garnetta Wilker, co-chairs

Garnetta Wilker
Co-chair, Intellectual Freedom Committee, Oregon Library Association
K-12 Representative, Oregon Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee--
gkwilker2 at gmail.com<mailto:gkwilker2 at gmail.com>

Roberta Richards
Faculty Reference Librarian
rrichard at pcc.edu<mailto:rrichard at pcc.edu>
Southeast Library Research Desk: 971-722-6289

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