ACRL Joins Amicus Brief in Support of Net Neutrality Protections

On August 27, 2018, ACRL joined 19 other library and higher education groups (including ALA, ARL, the American Council on Education, and EDUCAUSE) in filing an amicus brief on the issue of net neutrality in support of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) strong, enforceable rules to protect and preserve the open internet. The brief supports petitioners in the case of Mozilla Corporation v. Federal Communications Commission and United States of America before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The library and higher education organizations, which have consistently advocated for network neutrality principles, focused their filing on how the FCC’s rush to judgement in its decision to eliminate the 2015 Open Internet rules ignored the impacts on libraries and institutions of higher learning. The group of organizations seeks to demonstrate to the Court that the FCC’s action will “imperil the internet’s continued operation as a reliable platform for research, learning and information sharing, and that the FCC’s decision should be reversed as arbitrary and capricious.”