Eddie Vedder has joined more than 50 musicians, writers, poets, actors, and other artists, including Michael Stipe, Tom Morello, Kimya Dawson, Boots Riley, and Jill Sobule, in signing a letter to FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler voicing opposition of his current proposed changes to net neutrality and calling them a threat to artistic freedom and integrity. Here’s a small excerpt:
In a letter addressed to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, celebrity performers including Mark Ruffalo and Eddie Vedder called for the commission to issue new rules that protect net neutrality. “As members of this community,” the letter reads, “we urge the Federal Communications Commission to protect the open internet as a vehicle for free expression and collaboration.” read more
Mark Ruffalo, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and members of OK Go are asking the FCC not to change its net neutrality rules, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
“The open Internet has powered the creative community’s pursuits and offerings in the 21st century,” reads the letter. “As members of this community, we urge the Federal Communications Commission to protect the open Internet as a vehicle for free expression and collaboration.”
It was all going so, so well for American ISPs. Not only did they have a former cable lobbyist as head of the Federal Communications Commission, but he was even planning to push through a new proposal that would have given them the power to create separate Internet fast lanes where they could charge more to Internet companies to ensure their traffic got delivered faster. And to top it all off, many of them were planning to engage in a huge wave of mergers that would give them even more power over the broadband and/or pay TV markets, from Comcast-Time Warner Cable to Sprint-T-Mobile to AT&T-DirecTV. read more
Add the Future of Music Coalition to the swelling chorus of voices opposing the FCC’s draft of new network neutrality rules.
In a letter to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler coordinated by the coalition, a host of musical artists said the FCC’s proposed new rules would “kill—rather than protect—Net Neutrality and allow rampant discrimination online.”
At the moment, your Internet generally works like this: You pay a company — AT&T, or Comcast, or Verizon, or Time Warner — for monthly online access. Once you’re connected, you can go to whatever legally permissible website your heart desires and, whether it’s the New York Times or Netflix, it takes you the same amount of time no matter where you’re trying to go. Read more.
When Barack Obama was running for president in 2007, he earned a great deal of credibility with tech-savvy voters by expressing support for net neutrality that was rooted in an understanding that this issue raises essential questions about the future of open, free and democratic communications in America. Obama “got” that net neutrality represented an Internet-age equivalent of the First Amendment—a guarantee of equal treatment for all content, as opposed to special rights to speed and quality of service for the powerful business and political elites that can buy an advantage. Read more.
Hope you really trust your broadband company. And don’t mind the Internet getting more expensive. If a report by The Wall Street Journal is true, a new rule proposal would allow the likes of Comcast, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable to charge content providers extra for faster access to consumers. Potentially, that would mean streaming services such as Spotify, Beats Music, and Pandora could have to bill their customers more or else slow down: read more.
Since the beginning of the internet, there has been a question of who “owns” cyberspace. In the wake of a recent ruling from the US Court of Appeals against the FCC, the question of whether we all have equal access to the internet is again a hot debate. Interim Executive Director of the Future of Music Coalition, Casey Rae, joins John Schaefer to talk about the implications of FCC ruling on music makers, music lovers, and the industry.