JULY 12 DAY OF ACTION TO SAVE NET NEUTRALITY
WHO: ALA is one of nearly 200 organizations participating in the July 12 Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality. The day of mobilization is part of a larger Battle for the Net effort, which is a project of Fight for the Future, Free Press Action Fund, and Demand Progress.
WHAT: Websites, Internet users, and online communities will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality. Absent strong, enforceable net neutrality rules, internet service providers (ISPs) have the financial incentive and opportunity to sell priority access to certain content providers and otherwise pick online winners and losers. Enforceable rules are essential for libraries to fulfill our missions and serve our patrons.
WHEN: July 12, 2017
WHY: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has opened a public proceeding to roll back network neutrality protections instituted in 2015 and subsequently affirmed by court rulings. Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) must enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source and without favoring or blocking specific services or websites.
ALA has been on the front lines of the net neutrality battle with the FCC, Congress, and the federal courts for more than a decade, working in coalition with other library and higher education organizations as well as broader coalitions of net neutrality advocates.
HOW: As part of its participation, ALA will make the Day of Action visible on its home page and asks ALA units, members and allies to join the effort on July 12 and beyond in several ways:
1) Get the word out on social media about the Day of Action and the importance of network neutrality by using messages like these:
#Libraries stand for equitable access to online information for all. Protect #NetNeutrality!
No blocking, no throttling, no paid prioritization! #Libraries demand #NetNeutrality!
#NetNeutrality is essential to our democracy, freedom of expression & free speech.
Protect a free & open internet from @FCC rollback
Open internet is essential to free speech, economic growth & educational achievement. Protect #NetNeutrality!
More than 4 million people voiced support for #NetNeutrality. Tell @FCC to leave our rules alone.
2) Email the FCC via ALA’s Action Alert Center: Tell the FCC to Save Net Neutrality
3) Go online to find and download ALA Day of Action graphics, “Because” statements and other materials to use and share with others. PAO also has developed a Because slider and art that ALA units can use on their home pages and link to ALA resources.
4) Amplify and extend the voice of ALA and libraries in the FCC’s docket of public comments. The initial comment period closes July 18, followed by a “reply” comment period in which organizations and individuals interact with other comments, as well as the FCC’s original set of questions in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. ALA will file comments and share tools and resources for our members to affirm and add to the record of library support for protecting net neutrality rules. Get news and information as it breaks at the ALA Washington Office District Dispatch blog.
5) Engage your communities in conversations about net neutrality and what the open internet means for free speech, equity for all in the digital age, learning, and innovation.
LIBRARIES AND NET NEUTRALITY TALKING POINTS
Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) must enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source and without favoring or blocking specific services or websites.
After a public process that generated more than 4 million comments, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved an Order in 2015 that gave Internet users the strongest net neutrality protections to date. The “bright line” rules state that ISPs cannot block traffic, degrade access, or offer to speed up some traffic for a fee.
The ALA and America’s libraries believe preserving the open internet is essential for ensuring the free flow of information to all, which underpins free speech, research and learning, economic empowerment and digital innovation.
America’s libraries collect, create and disseminate essential information to the public over the Internet. We support strong, enforceable net neutrality protections as an expression of our values, our mission, and our professional practice as broadband consumers and advocates.
New Because statements and Day of Action resources