The latest issue of Research Library Issues (RLI) explores the implications of the US Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) reversal of its Open Internet Order, with a focus on research libraries and their institutions and users. The reversal, part of which is set to go into effect on April 23, 2018, will likely undermine net neutrality by allowing internet service providers to block, delay, or prioritize specific content, as well as track, record, and resell usage data. This issue of RLI discusses possible responses the research community and others could take to counteract or overturn the FCC’s recent action.
The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:
Why Net Neutrality Matters and What Research Libraries Can Do about It
Mary Lee Kennedy, Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries
Practical Consequences of the Elimination of Net Neutrality for the Research & Education Community: A Speculation
Clifford A. Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information
Implications of the Reversal of Net Neutrality Rules and Next Steps to Protect the Open Internet
Krista L. Cox, Director of Public Policy Initiatives, Association of Research Libraries
Research Library Issues no. 293 (2018) is freely available from ARL Digital Publications.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.