ILA Comments to the FFC on Net NeutralityAugust 17, 2017
The Illinois Library Association represents not only its 3,000+ members, but the millions who depend on academic, public, school, and special libraries. Our mission is to “enhance learning and ensure access to information for all,” and further that “this access is essential for an open democratic society, an informed electorate, and the advancement of knowledge for all people.” Changing the rules that have already been thoughtfully debated and carefully constructed to preserve this essential access to Internet access runs counter to the very reason libraries were created in the first place. In 2015, the FCC moved to keep the Internet an open environment that provided a level playing field, i.e., so-called net neutrality. There is no compelling reason to change these rules to allow privileged access to a few. We understand that the FCC has already received millions of comments on this subject from individuals and organizations and ask that you add our voice to those asking for the preservation of net neutrality.