Issues

Official Filings

As part of our mission to make sure that artists' and musicians' voices are not left out of the policy debate, FMC regularly prepares and submits public comments, documents, and testimony to the appropriate rulemaking bodies. In these documents, the FMC strives to inject the debate with information about how policies can affect artists and the public at large.

April 10, 2015

FMC Filing in Opposition to Broadcasters Request for Payola Waiver

On April 10, 2015 FMC filed comments before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in oppposition to a petition previously submitted the Radio Broadcasters Coalition that would legitimize payola—the practice of radio programmers accepting cash or other enticements in exchange for airplay.

If a radio station is playing music because a giant record company paid them to do so, at the very least they have to make an explicit announcement saying so, over the air, at the time of broadcast, as federal law requires.

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Tags: FCC
February 16, 2015

FMC Ex Parte Filing on "zero-rating" Before the Federal Communications Commission

potiential harms to creators, fans and innovators from the discriminatory use of data caps exclusion for select applications and services

Future of Music Coalition met with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn’s staff to discuss so-called “zero-rating”—the practice of excepting certain online applications, sites and services from user-imposed data caps. This ex-parte filing details the conversation and lays out how zero-rating can be used to hinder competition and why it ultimately serves to disadvantage creative entrepreneurs.

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