For immediate release | March 6, 2019

ALA Supports Restoration of Strong Open Internet Protections

Democratic leaders of the House and Senate today announced legislation that will reverse the disastrous repeal by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in late 2017 of critical net neutrality protections. The FCC’s action eliminated rules that required internet service providers to treat all internet traffic equally. The American Library Association (ALA) released the following statement by ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo:

“A free and open internet is critical for equitable access to online information and resources for the nearly 120,000 libraries ALA represents and the communities we serve across America. And, according to a recent Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland poll, an overwhelming majority of people in this country — 86 percent — support strong, enforceable net neutrality rules that protect our lawful internet traffic against blocking, throttling and other interference. That’s why we continue to work on this important issue and appreciate the efforts of lawmakers today to restore net neutrality protections.”

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Contact:

Shawnda Hines

Asst. Director, Communications

ALA Washington Office

shines@alawash.org

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