April 16, 2018

Preserving Net Neutrality

Location: Celeste Auditorium The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue New York, NY 10016

6:30pm - 8:30pm EDT

This event is presented in collaboration with NYPL and will be hosted at Celeste Auditorium, The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016.

RSVP here: https://embed.showclix.com/event/netneutrality 

Library President Tony Marx convenes a panel of experts to help shed light on the repeal of net neutrality. Where do things stand, and where do we go from here?


  • Susan Crawford, John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and member of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Broadband Task Force
  • Tony Marx, President of the New York Public Library
  • Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner to the Federal Communications Commission
  • Tim Wu, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and author of “Network Neutrality Broadband Discrimination” 

Last December, after the FCC voted 3–2 to repeal net neutrality, the presidents of the three New York library systems (New York, Brooklyn, and Queens) warned in an open letter that “without the current protections, the already yawning digital divide will be widened. We know in New York City, millions of families cannot afford broadband access at home…For the FCC to place internet access—something that in today’s world is a necessity, not a luxury—even further out of reach is appalling.”

As Washington and other states work to pass laws upholding net neutrality, governors sign executive actions aiming to do the same, and attorneys general and private companies set out to sue the FCC, there are more questions than answers about the fate of the repeal. Tony Marx will lead the panel to bring a greater understand of what those questions are, what the various actions around the nation portend, and what individual citizens can do to protect their digital rights.

This event is co-presented with Civic Hall. 

For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, but registration does not guarantee admission. All registered seats are released shortly before start time, and seats may become available at that time. A standby line will form one hour before the program.

Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc.) at least 24-hours before the day of the program to Ayofemi Kirby at ayofemikirby@nypl.org.


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