Support network neutrality and non-discrimination online on July 12th, Net Neutrality Day.
From the ALA Washington Office Newsline newsletter on July 10th, 2017. Join over 50 companies and the public on July 12th for a day of action to save net neutrality. Over 50 companies and organizations have pledged to participate, including ALA.  Read more about the effort here and find out how you can participate.
Network Neutrality (or “net” neutrality) is the concept of online non-discrimination. It is the principle that consumers/citizens should be free to get access to—or to provide—the Internet content and services they wish, and that consumer access should not be regulated based on the nature or source of that content or service. Information providers—which may be websites, online services, etc., and who may be affiliated with traditional commercial enterprises but who also may be individual citizens, libraries, schools, or nonprofit entities—should have essentially the same quality of access to distribute their offerings. “Pipe” owners (carriers) should not be allowed to charge some information providers more money for the same pipes, or establish exclusive deals that relegate everyone else (including small noncommercial or startup entities) to an Internet “slow lane.” This principle should hold true even when a broadband provider is providing Internet carriage to a competitor.
  • What is Net Neutrality Day of Action? The “Net Neutrality Day of Action” refers to the concept that all Internet traffic should be treated equally. Internet Service Providers, such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, should not be able to block, speed or slow down legal websites — or give preferential treatment to others, including their own.ISPs say they wouldn’t do this, anyway, but in 2015, the Federal Communications Commission implemented regulations to prohibit that behavior. A groundswell of support for Net Neutrality, stemming in part from Internet forums like Reddit, made these rules a popular cause. The fear is that, without them, ISPs will wield too much control over how and what users see by charging extra for faster speeds.
  • Will this slow down my Internet?
  • Who is participating?
  • What impact do the organizers hope to have?
  • Have there been net neutrality protests before?

Submitted by Marla Sepnafski.

(Photo: Fight for the Future) , USA TODAY Published 11:43 p.m. ET July 10, 2017