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ACE, Other Groups Release Net Neutrality Principles

July 14, 2014

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​ACE and 10 other organizations released a set of net neutrality principles last week in support of maintaining the openness of the Internet.

The higher education and library associations signing on to the principles want the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt the principles as part of its response to a recent federal appeals court decision vacating network neutrality rules. That decision created an opportunity for Internet providers to block or arbitrarily slow some Internet traffic, potentially relegating online content and services of colleges, universities and libraries to the “slow lane.”

The groups argue that new network neutrality rules based on these principles will ensure that the Internet remains a vital, vibrant platform for teaching, learning, research, and community support and engagement.

Ada Meloy, ACE’s general counsel, told Inside Higher Ed that the court decision and a proposal by FCC Chair Tom Wheeler to allow Internet providers to create a “fast lane” for companies willing to pay for access have reinvigorated the net neutrality movement.

The principles include a prohibition on fast lanes and the blocking of content and a protection against content discrimination.

The organizations endorsing the principles are: ACE; American Association of Community Colleges; American Association of State Colleges and Universities; American Library Association; Association of American Universities; Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; Association of Research Libraries; Chief Officers of State Library Agencies; EDUCAUSE; Modern Language Association; National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

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