In a statement issued today, the Association of American University Presses declared its support for net neutrality and the “Net Neutrality Principles” issued by 11 library, higher education, and scholarly organizations on July 10. The full AAUP statement follows.
University Presses are famously committed to the dissemination of scholarship “far and wide,” in the words of Daniel Coit Gilman. Today, that mission often relies on the Internet and open, neutral public network access to the online content and services of libraries, institutions of higher learning, and publishers small and large. Proposals to allow ISPs to create paid “fast lanes” and other threats to open and equitable online access for all users, content, and services also threaten the underlying mission of the nonprofit members of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP). AAUP supports the “Net Neutrality Principles” issued by eleven library and higher education groups on July 10, 2014, in the interest of protecting the foundational freedoms of thought and expression on which our culture and society rests.
Read the full Net Neutrality Principles here:
A statement from the eleven groups, including AAUP member the Modern Language Association, issuing the principles is here:
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