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July 12 is the Net Neutrality Day of Action. Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers must deliver all information and data equally—regardless of its source or nature. These rules, which are controlled by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), prevent internet service providers from blocking, slowing down, inhibiting, or even privileging some websites over others. Net neutrality is the current status quo of the open internet; however, the FCC has recently proposed that these rules be changed. In response, digital companies, nonprofit organizations, and individuals are speaking out about these proposed changes on the Net Neutrality Day of Action. 

The American Library Association (ALA) explains why net neutrality is so important for libraries:

The American Library Association is a strong advocate for intellectual freedom, which is the “right of all peoples to seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction.” Intellectual freedom is critical to our democracy, because we rely on people’s ability to inform themselves. The Internet connects people of diverse geographical, political, or ideological origins, greatly enhancing everyone’s ability to share and to inform both themselves and others.

Our libraries’ longstanding commitment to freedom of expression in the realm of content is well-known; in the context of the net neutrality debate, however, we believe it is equally important to stress that the freedom of libraries and librarians to provide innovative new kinds of information services will be central to the growth and development of our democratic culture. A world in which librarians and other noncommercial enterprises are of necessity limited to the Internet’s “slow lanes” while high-definition movies can obtain preferential treatment seems to us to be overlooking a central priority for a democratic society – the necessity of enabling educators, librarians, and, in fact, all citizens to inform themselves and each other just as much as the major commercial and media interests can inform them.

The ability of the Internet to spread and share ideas is only getting better. With modern technology, individuals and small groups can produce rich audio and video resources that used to be the exclusive domain of large companies. We must work to ensure that these resources are not relegated to second-class delivery on the Internet—or else the intellectual freedoms fostered by the Internet will be constrained.

Read more information from ALA.

On the day of action, various organizations and coalitions are urging constituents to write to the FCC asking for the current net neutrality principles to remain in place, which would maintain the open internet as we know it. Here are some tools that make it easy to send letters to the FCC: 

Learn more about net neutrality in NYPL's collections

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All the persons have the

All the persons have the right to access to information of different sources. The little sites have the right too, to offer his stuffs or information equally that the big sites. It's a justice issue.

internet for all

please keep internet for all

Keep free internet!!

Some people can't afford WIFI in this neighborhood. They rely on this free service that the libraries provide!

The internet is a public good.

It should not be subjected to corporate greed. Time to get people in congress that will treat it as a public utility, not a free for all for ISPs.

Net neutrality is a must

The Internet is one of the few avenues of democracy that remain. Let's keep it free and open for all.

Free Speech and Free Internet

Even trolls deserve a voice. With the failing standards of education in this country, we need free internet now more than ever.

Net neutrality

Simply put, Net neutrality is about keeping our, freedom and equality and not handing over to big business,etc. period.

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