Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), voted to support net neutrality. Briefly, net neutrality is the idea that internet service providers (ISPs), like AT&T and Verizon, can not create high speed Internet highways for websites and other online content, in exchange for money. At the moment, Facebook, Netflix, and the IUPUI University Library website all come to you at the same speed. High speed Internet highways could favor some websites over others for the right price. Net neutrality reinforces the concept that more and more, in a ever-growing digital world, access to the Internet (and the services it provides) is becoming a necessity and everyone should have equal access to it. All of it.
The Intenet, of course, celebrated by becoming enthralled with llamas on the lam (#llamawatch) and obsessively arguing about the color of a dress in an image posted on the blogging platform, Tumblr. (I was on team white/gold but then saw the light and switched to blue/black). I love you, Internet. Don't ever change.
As the IUPUI campus moves towards open access, net neutrality wiil play a crucial role. Net neutrality, open access, and open source are becoming important components to fair and equal access to research and knowledge, and especially research on the information superhighway.