ACE and 10 other organizations emphasized the importance of protecting and promoting an open Internet in comments filed July 18 with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the agency considers so-called net neutrality rules.
The comments say that the FCC’s proposed rules “fall short of what is necessary to ensure that libraries, institutions of higher education and the public at large will have access to an open Internet.”
The FCC is expected to reach a decision on final rules by the end of the year, but that timetable could slip.
The FCC issued the call for public comments following a recent federal appeals court decision vacating network neutrality rules and creating an opportunity for Internet providers to potentially relegate online content and services of colleges, universities and libraries to the “slow lane.”
Along with ACE, the organizations signing on to the comments are: American Association of State Colleges and Universities; American Library Association; Association of American Universities; Association of College & Research Libraries; Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; Association of Research Libraries; Chief Officers of State Library Agencies; Council of Independent Colleges; EDUCAUSE; and the Modern Language Association.
ACE and other organizations also recently signed on to a set of net neutrality principles espousing similar views.