ALA supports FCC’s proposals to codify net neutrality principles, preserve open Internet

Contact: Jenni Terry

Press Officer

ALA Washington Office

(202) 628-8410

For Immediate Release

January 14, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Library Association (ALA) supports the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) efforts to maintain an open Internet by codifying the principles of network neutrality, including two new principles recently introduced by Chairman Julius Genachowski.

The ALA affirmed its support for all six principles in its
filing to the FCC in response to the commission’s call for comments in the matter of Preserving the Open Internet Broadband Industry Practices.

The fifth principle of nondiscrimination is essential to ensuring equal access to content on the Internet.

“With the ever closer relationship between service providers and content, we think there are (unfortunately) many opportunities for service providers to abuse their gatekeeper status by picking and choosing what content they might privilege with faster access,” the ALA’s comments state.

Additionally, the ALA asserts that the sixth principle will promote transparency of service providers’ practices, including how they manage their networks. This information will allow libraries and consumers to make informed choices among competing providers.


The American Library Association (ALA) is a nonprofit professional organization of more than 65,000 librarians, library trustees, and other friends of libraries dedicated to providing and improving library services and promoting the public interest in a free and open information society.