What happens to the Internet will shape what happens to music, along with every other aspect of culture and free speech. A reported plan that would change the way cable and telephone companies can charge for online content goes to a crucial vote at the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, May 15.
The proposal, which — according to The Wall Street Journal — would allow the likes of Comcast and Time Warner Cable to demand extra fees from websites for faster download speeds, has already faced so much public backlash that the Journal now reports FCC head Tom Wheeler has tweaked the plan in hopes of getting it approved.
As the regulators’ vote approaches, dozens of artists have joined forces to defend network neutrality, or net neutrality, the idea that the companies controlling the Internet’s plumbing shouldn’t be able to dictate how the rest of us use our faucets.
Future of Music Coalition and Free Press, two nonprofit advocacy groups, organized the letter, which argues that Wheeler’s plan would allow telecom giants “to pick winners and losers online and discriminate against online content and applications. Read more.