We're blown away by the responses we've gotten from our FCC Comments Tool, which helps musicians and indie labels file with the FCC in their historic net neutrality rulemaking proceeding. (The initial comments phase closed on Jan 14, but we're keeping the tool active through the reply comments period, which has a deadline of March 5.)
We at FMC believe strongly in open internet platforms that allow ALL creators to compete on a level technological playing field with the biggest companies. that said, our tool wasn't designed to spit out form letters. Rather, we thought it was important for the Commission to hear directly from musicians, so we simply created a painless way to do it.
The range of viewpoints represented are phenomenal, with no comments completely alike. One thing was clear, however: the internet is incredibly important to the lives and careers of musicians. Thanks to everyone who told the FCC their stories â€” your voices on this issue truly needed to be heard. If you filed using our tool, you'll be hearing from us shortly with direct links to where your comments appear on the FCC site. In the meantime, check out comments from R.E.M., Ok Go, Erin McKeown, Nacional Records and more.
We're also really proud to have filed joint comments with a broad array of independent creator organizations who believe that the open internet is crucial to our ability to compete in a legitimate digital marketplace.
Co-signers include American Composers Forum, American Music Center, Center for Creative Voices in Media, Film Independent, Fractured Atlas, International Documentary Association, International Music Managerâ€™s Forum, Just Plain Folks, Meet the Composer, Nacional Records, National Alliance for Media Art and Culture, Writers Guild of America West, and of course, us.
Check out the filing here.
And stay tuned for more info on how YOU can plug into the conversation on net neutrality.