Net Neutrality: Where Are We Now?

September 15, 2014 at 3:59 pm | Posted in Advocacy and Gov't Relations | Leave a comment

Last Wednesday, September 10th, was Internet Slowdown Day. If you clicked on a participating website – like Netflix, Etsy, Tumblr, and thousands of others – you saw a message that read “Stop Internet Slow Lanes” and a spinning cursor that was supposed to represent the page taking forever to load. The purpose of Internet Slowdown Day was to protest again the idea of allowing providers, like Verizon, to provide “fast lanes” for companies willing to pay extra for faster rates. They argued instead that all web traffic should be treated equally regardless of its source or the content of the data. This concept, called Net Neutrality, is an important issue for libraries, but it can be confusing to know just where things stand now. The resources below should help you get back up to speed on Net Neutrality (no pun intended).

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