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Broadband & Open Internet


Internet users should have the right to access and provide content and use services via the internet as they wish, and network operators should not be allowed to discriminate—slow, block, or charge fees for internet traffic—based on the source or content of its message. As providers of vast troves of content and valuable services on the internet, research libraries have long relied on and supported open and non-discriminatory public access policies. ARL espouses net neutrality through court filings and work on Capitol Hill and in federal agencies.


  • Section 230

    Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects online platforms and their users from liability for the speech of a third party. Congress has introduced about 20 proposals to repeal...

  • Net Neutrality: Access to Information and Reliance on an Open Internet

    On August 29, 2017, the Association of Research Libraries filed reply comments in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proceeding "In the Matter of Restoring Internet...


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