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.
Michael Stipe must be losing his religion right about now. Music fans might want to perk up their ears, too. The Federal Communications Commission met today on a plan that could overhaul the online experience, and the commissioners voted by a three-two margin to move the proposal forward. The decision has been hotly anticipated, with critics warning it could harm the idea of an open Internet and undermine net neutrality, the concept that Internet service providers shouldn’t be able to restrict how the rest of use the service. read more
The Federal Communications Commission met earlier today to discuss a plan that could change the Internet experience as we all know and love it. Commissioners voted by a three-two margin to move the proposal forward and their decision has been hotly anticipated, as critics say it could challenge the open Internet experience and belittle net neutrality. Net neutrality is the concept that says Internet providers shouldn’t be able to restrict how everyone uses the service.
Today, in a national Day of Action, net neutrality advocates will stage a protest outside the FCC building in Washington, DC, as well as smaller protests at FCC offices across the country and numerous online actions. Democracy for America, reddit, the Future of Music Coalition,The Nation and many other organizations have all signed on to step up today in the fight for real net neutrality. (Read more)
Lots of famous musicians, not least Michael Stipe, have added their weight to the ongoing net neutrality debate in the US, which is back in the news because America’s media regulator the FCC is reviewing its internet rules following a court battle with net giant Verizon.
The basic principle of net neutrality is that, as data moves over the net, all data is treated the same oblivious of origin. Some in the net sector want to offer a virtual fastlane, which would give data from certain sources – ie companies or institutions who pay a premium – priority. But there are plenty of opponents to that idea, including the stack of artists who have put their names to an open letter written by the Future Of Music Coalition to Tom Wheeler, chairman at the FCC. read more
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday took the first step in a net neutrality plan that could make it harder to access Netflix, Facebook and YouTube, or guarantee your access to those websites under certain circumstances.
In a letter sent Tuesday to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, dozens of musicians and artists — including Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe — urged him to abandon a plan he’d proposed a month earlier for new federal regulations aimed at restoring net neutrality.
A barrage of high-profile artists have joined forces to present a unified voice in defense of net neutrality, issuing a statement in advance of the May 15th vote at the Federal Communications Commission. The proposal aims to open the floodgates of tiered access and restricted dissemination online, driven by the likes of Comcast and Time Warner Cable to jack up fees from websites for faster download speeds.
Pity poor FCC chairman Tom Wheeler. Not only does he have some corporate heavyweights such as Verizon and Cisco opposing net neutrality and others such as Google and Microsoft supporting it, he now has another group voicing its concerns: rockers, poets, actors, and other members of “the creative community.”
“The open Internet’s impact on the creative community cannot be overstated,” a group of 60 such worthies wrote in an open letter to Wheeler on Tuesday. “The Internet has enabled artists to connect directly with each other and with audiences.”
The Future of Music Coalition and Free Press have organized a letter to encourage FCC chairman Tom Wheeler to uphold net neutrality. The letter argues that new rules proposed by Wheeler would favor corporations like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon over individual artists and creators.
The letter was signed by a number of musicians, including Michael Stipe, Jeff Mangum, Fugazi, tUnE-yArDs, Neko Case, Roger Waters, Eddie Vedder, Fred Armisen, Kimya Dawson, Tom Morello, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s Alec Ounsworth, Mirah, YACHT, the Postal Service’s Jimmy Tamborello, Kronos Quartet, and many others.