In simple terms, Net Neutrality means that the Internet as we know it is used by everyone equally. There are powerful entities trying to create a “paid for” space that would have priority over bandwidth and scew access for all. Read more from AKLA list serve post: (While this is an AKLA post— the issue is National!)
Dear AkLA members–
There is legislation proposed in the US Senate that will overturn net neutrality, the concept promoted by libraries, the Federal Communication Commission, and others that the internet content should travel freely and that those who can afford to pay should not have priority status on the internet. The vote may be as early of Tuesday, November 8, so there is not much time to act.
Please take a few minutes to read the letter below and write to Alaska’s senators, particularly Senator Murkowski.
The letter that follows is from the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and Educause addressed to U.S. Senate leadership. The key concept is that “there is great risk that prioritized delivery
to end users will be available only to content, application and service providers who pay extra fees, which would be an enormous disadvantage to libraries, education, and other non-profit institutions. In short, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should allow users the same priority of access to educational content as to entertainment and other commercial offerings.”
I will send a second message with a suggested template that you can use or use as a model if you wish. Essentially if the net neutrality were ended those with large amounts of money could obtain priority use of the internet, and libraries and others that offer access to public content or licensed databases would have less or lower access to internet space.
If you do not feel comfortable writing a letter or calling the Senators’ offices, please pass this on to someone you know who would be interested.
For more info on Network Neutrality and the what’s current visit these links:
Please write to your legislators.
Senators Murkowski and Begich to request that they vote against a resolution SR 6
introduced by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas that would end net neutrality
and would have significant impact on educational and library uses of the internet
for our library users and for ourselves. Please take time to write or call today.
Because of the short timeline, you may wish to call or email.
Senator Murkowski: Washington Office 202-224-6665, Fax:202-224-5301 Website:
http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/ (Send emails or find local Alaska offices))
Senator Begich: Washington Office, 202-224-3004, Fax: 202-224- 2354] Website:
This is not a topic that the general public is going to be very aware of, but it
has potentially a large impact on us all. Thanks for phoning, calling, or email
today or this weekend.