Today’s action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to remove the Title II classification of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) would end net neutrality by allowing ISPs to throttle, block or manipulate Internet content delivery through “paid prioritization.” The Internet has been a transformative force in higher education. The FCC’s unfortunate retreat from its enforcement of net neutrality will have highly adverse consequences for public colleges and universities and their students.
We call on Congress to immediately reverse this unwise decision, which, if allowed to stand, would be the beginning of the end for a free and open Internet. Without net neutrality, the Internet will quickly become a toll road where pay-to-play defines what content would be readily available to the public, and where content from the highest bidders would dominate.
AASCU is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of 400 public colleges, universities, and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development. These are institutions Delivering America’s Promise of Opportunities for All.