"Net neutrality" is the term used to describe the concept of keeping the Internet open to all lawful content, information, applications, and equipment. There is increasing concern that the owners of the local broadband connections (usually either the cable or telephone company) may block or discriminate against certain Internet users or applications in order to give an advantage to their own services. While the owners of the local network have a legitimate right to manage traffic on their network to prevent congestion, viruses, and so forth, network owners should not be able to block or degrade traffic based on the identity of the user or the type of application solely to favor their interests.
Letter to the FCC from ARL, ALA and EDUCAUSE addressing the January 2014 net neutrality court ruling, asking the FCC to develop policies that take higher education and library internet use into account. February 13, 2014.
Appeals court strikes down FCC's Net neutrality rules CNET, January 14, 2014. The 2-1 ruling upheld the FCC's right to regulate broadband access, but the court called into question the FCC's authority to impose rules that dictate how broadband providers manage traffic on their networks.
Letter to the FCC from ARL, ALA and EDUCAUSE expressing a fear that the new framework will not provide sufficient protection to nonprofit public library and education services. December 13, 2010.
Comments to the FCC from ARL, ALA and EDUCAUSE concerning open Internet protections and services over the last -mile and the application of open Internet rules to mobile wireless services. October 12, 2010.