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ARL Disappointed by Version of USA FREEDOM Act Passed by US House of Representatives

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Today, May 22, 2014, the US House of Representatives voted 303 to 121 to pass H.R. 3361, the USA FREEDOM Act, after amending the bill twice in committees. The original version of the bill, which currently remains unaltered in the Senate, had 151 House co-sponsors. Some of these co-sponsors withdrew their support and opposed the version of H.R. 3361 reported out of the House Rules Committee on May 21 because of the significant changes made. Even several of those co-sponsors who voted in favor of H.R. 3361 expressed disappointment that the bill did not go far enough in curtailing the Government’s ability to conduct bulk collection of records and failed to protect privacy and civil liberties in the same manner as the prior versions.

 
 

In the Matter of Framework for Broadband Internet Service

Comments of the Association of Research Libraries, ALA, and EDUCAUSE in support of net neutrality.

pdf lt-pubint-nn-15jul10.pdf

 
 

Letter to FCC re: Preserving the Open Internet

A letter from ARL, ALA, and EDUCAUSE to the FCC stressing the importance of ensuring net neutrality order contains sufficient protections for library and higher education services made available to the public.

pdf lt-pubint-nn13dec10.pdf

 
 

Letter to Senate Leadership re: Preserving the Open Internet

A letter from ARL, ALA, and EDUCAUSE asking Senate leadership to oppose S.J. Res 6 and any other legislation to overturn or undermine the Net Neutrality decision adopted by the FCC.

pdf lt-pubint-nn-14oct11.pdf

 
 

Additional Reply Comments to FCC E-Reader Accessibility Waiver

In December 2013, ARL and the American Library Association (ALA) filed additional reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding a request to waive e-reader access requirements for individuals with disabilities. In the comments, the Associations noted, “We are writing to reiterate our opposition to the waiver sought by the Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers (‘the Manufacturers’) and present new information regarding the manner in which the e-readers covered by the Manufacturers’ petition (‘basic e-readers’) are utilized.”

pdf GC_Docket_No._10-213_Opposition_Letter_Sent_on_Behalf_of_ARL_and_ALA.pdf

 
 
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