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Topics in Information Studies: Net Neutrality

The issue of "open Internet" or net neutrality has links to nearly all areas of the information science field. Whether you have an interest in public libraries or information technology, the current and future policies will have an impact on the communities you serve. Keep reading to find out more about net neutrality and the different issues it presents.

What is Net Neutrality?

Net neutrality - officially known as "Open Internet" - is the idea that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications without favoring or blocking particular products or websites. In recent years, this idea has come under question with the introduction of bills that could favor traffic from a specific entity. As of February 2015, the FCC's Open Internet rules are designed to ensure that consumers and businesses have access to "fast, fair, and open Internet."

Research Resources

We have a variety of print and eBooks on Internet law (under keyword "Internet - law & legislation") available through the University Libraries, however, if you are specifically interested in net neutrality and the idea of Open Internet, you'll get more up-to-date information from articles available through our databases. For instance, you can simply search "net neutrality" in LISTA, or "net neutrality" and "libraries" if you're wondering about the effects of net neutrality on libraries and library patrons.

Databases & Helpful Links

Books Available at the University Libraries

Need Additional Assistance?

Help is available! Contact Carol Anne Germain, Subject Librarian for Information Studies, at (518)-442-3590 or cgermain@albany.edu - or stop by during her office hours, held on Wednesdays from 11am-1pm.

Blog Created By: Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno
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