Modern Language Association Endorses 'Net Neutrality'

May 14, 2014

The Modern Language Association on Tuesday voiced its support for regulations that ensure all traffic on the internet is given the same priority in an open letter to Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

The FCC has recently considered allowing internet service providers to create a "fast lane" for companies willing to pay to have their data delivered to consumers faster. Supporters of net neutrality, the idea that all online traffic should be treated equally, fear it could shut out content providers unwilling to pay and limit free expression online.

"Maintaining true net neutrality is imperative for continued advances in scholarship and innovation in teaching," Margaret W. Ferguson, president of the MLA, wrote. "The independent, experimental, and not-for-profit communication networks relied on by scholarly communities depend on the free interchange of information here in the United States and throughout the world."

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