In the News: Upholding Net Neutrality

On June 14, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit voted to uphold the FCC’s Open Internet Order governing net neutrality, or equitable speed and access to non-commercial content. A victory for cultural and educational institutions, this ruling responds to the concern that internet service providers could give preference to paid entertainment and commercial content over educational and informational content. Last week’s ruling, however, ensures that internet providers cannot favor content from certain providers over others. In other words, the internet will remain an open platform in which all internet traffic is treated equally.

According to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), this ruling is especially important for institutions like libraries that value and rely on open access to educational and cultural resources. An appeal is likely but for the time being, net neutrality remains.

Read more about the ARL’s reaction here.

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