May 27, 2022

Policy Issues: “Library Groups Seek to Support FCC in Net Neutrality Case”

From Associations Now:

On Tuesday, the American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, Association of Research Libraries, and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies [COSLA] filed a motion seeking permission to file an amicus brief in support of the FCC in U.S. Telecom Association v. Federal Communications Commission, the primary case challenging the open-internet regulations the agency announced in March.

In their filing [PDF] to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the groups emphasized that their goal is to protect library patrons’ rights to access content.


“Libraries don’t just provide internet access to patrons, we also are the provider of content and application services ourselves,” [ARL’s Director of Public Policy Initiatives Krista] Cox said. “Net neutrality is so important to us both as the providers of internet access for our patrons, but also as edge providers ourselves.”

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