Tuesday, December 21, 2010

FCC Passes Net Neutrality Rules

The American Library Association (ALA), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and EDUCAUSE said in a joint statement that the new order "does not go far enough to ensure community anchor institutions' content and services can be equally accessed by the public."

The groups last week voiced significant reservations to the FCC about the new rules as they would relate to the use of paid prioritization, the definition of the word "consumer," the distinction between wireline and wireless networks, and the need for a judicial determination of what constitutes unlawful content.

The FCC did clarify "consumer" to leave no doubt that the rules will apply to libraries and other educational interests, but the measure still falls short of true net neutrality, the groups said.

"The order does not hold wireless to the same non-discriminatory standards as wireline access, despite the growing number of libraries, higher education institutions, and users that utilize wireless technology to access content and information," the groups said.

The complete article may be read HERE.

Also of interest:
Net Neutrality Advocates Decry FCC 'False' Solution and 'Squandered Opportunity' from Common Dreams
The FCC's weak new "open Internet" rules from Salon

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