The jockeying ahead of a vote at the Federal Communications Commission on net neutrality is heating up — and now it’s pitting big cable conglomerates against indie entertainers.
On Tuesday, two groups released dueling letters to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on his draft plan for the future of the Internet. On one side: executives from broadband providers like AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, and Verizon. On the other: a rag-tag coalition of songwriters, actors and filmmakers.
“The Internet has enabled artists to connect directly with each other and with audiences. It has eliminated the barriers of geography and taken collaborations to new levels. And it has allowed people — not corporations — to seek out the film, music and art that moves them,” wrote the entertainers, who include Fred Armisen, Neko Case, Neutral Milk Hotel, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Stipe of R.E.M., Oliver Stone, tUnE‐yArDs, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. Read more.