Target Audience: All librarians concerned with network neutrality and internet pricing
1. Participants will be able to describe the FCC's ability to create regulations for the Internet, and explain why the FCC's rule on network neutrality was overturned.
2. Participants will be able to assess tiers of Internet service and pricing.
In 2009, AALL sponsored a well-attended panel on network neutrality. In the interim, three significant events have occurred: the FCC released an order dealing with network neutrality, and that rule was overturned by an appeals court, based on the reasoning that the FCC does not have the congressional authority to create such a rule. Finally, in December 2010, the FCC released a set of rules on network neutrality .
The speakers will explain the new rules and how the rules will affect our profession. Particular attention will be paid to the impact the court decision should have on the rules that were released in December.