On July 15, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing for Federal Communication Commission (FCC) nominees Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Atwell Baker. President Obama nominated Clyburn and Baker to fill two vacant FCC Commissioner positions. The FCC has five Commissioners, only three of which can be from the same political party; the party of the current administration constitutes the majority. Clyburn, a Democrat, and Baker, a Republican, will be replacing outgoing Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Debi Tate, respectively. (Later in the week, the Senate confirmed Clyburn and Atwell.)
OK, we know it's been a while since we've talked about net neutrality. But we figured you could use a break. Not that it's not still relevant -- actually, the reason we've blogged about the issue so much in the past is because net neutrality -- the principle that protects the open internet -- is crucial to artists and fans. Today's musicians depend on the web to reach potential audiences without the interference of gatekeepers, toll collectors and middlemen -- which could change if net neutrality goes away. read more
In 2008 and 2009, FMC teamed up with realizePhiladelphia, a non-profit group that promotes social causes through musical and educational events, to create web.illish.us: a multi-faceted web and live show effort to raise awareness about net neutrality and democratic access to the media. Proceeds from the web.illish.us events support FMC’s Rock the Net campaign. read more
Philadelphia, PA ? Future of Music Coalition (FMC) ? whose Rock the Net campaign boasts more than 1,000 artists that support net neutrality, including Pearl Jam, OK Go, R.E.M. and Kronos Quartet ? has teamed up with realizePhiladelphia, a group that promotes social causes through musical and educational events, to create web.illish.us: a multi-faceted web and live show effort to raise awareness about net neutrality and democratic access to the media. read more
Hip-hop has always been about getting the word out, by any means necessary. In the past this meant dealing with all kinds of intermediaries â€” those gatekeepers at major labels, radio stations, video outlets and magazines who decide which talent rises from the streets to the mainstream. With the Internet, todayâ€™s hip-hop artists are taking the hustle into their own hands, finding new ways to connect their words and rhymes with potential audiences without interference or censorship.
This way of digital life might not last forever. Powerful companies that provide your Internet hookup (Internet Service Providers, or ISPs) are looking to alter the fundamental way the web works, by deciding the wheres, whos and hows of information exchange.Thatâ€™s why public interest groups, technology experts, innovators and creative types are fighting to preserve net neutrality â€” the principle that protects the open internet.
In this article, hip-hop journalist Eric Arnold reports on net neutrality’s effect on the hip-hop community. read more
Washington, D.C. Future of Music Coalition recognizes the importance of today?s FCC decision ordering Comcast to stop interfering with legal internet traffic, disclose to the FCC its network management practices and to alert consumers about any changes to its methods.
?Chairman Kevin Martin and Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein deserve enormous credit for recognizing that a legitimate digital music marketplace cannot emerge unless there are consistent and transparent rules that allow a level playing field for innovators, consumers and creators,? said FMC Policy Director Michael Bracy. ?The ability to use legal applications is crucial to an internet that fosters innovation, commerce and creativity.? read more
Bands from Bright Eyes to Wilco have contributed tracks to the Future of Music Coalition?s Rock the Net compilation, proceeds from the sales of which will go to the organization?s campaign in favor of net neutrality.
Yahoo! to stop supporting Yahoo! Music after September 30
Starting Oct. 1, customers won’t be able to revive frozen tracks or move working ones onto new hard drives or computers, because Yahoo! won’t be providing any more keys to the songs’ DRM wrappers. Without the keys, the music is stuck. If a user’s computer goes on the fritz, say good-bye to Yahoo’s music. This situation epitomizes the problem we laid out in our last post about the Library of Congress. Chris Gaither, LA Timesread more