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Signpost: Intersection of Technology and Liberal Arts streets
View from my office

In the US, this is a “day of action” to lobby the FCC in favor of net neutrality. The new badge appearing on my site will link you to the EFF for tips on how to contact your congresspeople and what to say.

I’ve already logged my comments with the FCC; I’ll paste them here if you want to use any of the language:

As a college librarian and instructional technologist, I’ve seen first hand the power of a fast, diverse Internet for teaching and learning. Putting competing information sources in Internet “slow lanes” will damage our ability to conduct meaningful classes in the ways our faculty members know to be best. Our response would be limited to sacrificing the quality of our education, or increasing costs by paying ISPs more for the same services. Neither is acceptable to 21st-century America.

Granting ISPs this power will also prove expensive in rural areas like mine, where we have even fewer options for Internet service. Local subscribers will see their costs for online content and resources go up; community connection hubs like libraries and schools will see their quality of service go down. Subscribers will be coerced to shop and learn where the ISPs’ partners want them to. It will ultimately prove disastrous to rural economic development.

For these reasons, the FCC needs to strengthen its commitment to America’s intellectual, economic, and democratic development by ensuring network neutrality.

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