It might not be the same kind of “open internet” issue the FCC had in mind, or tried to establish, in the net neutrality regulations last year, but “the test for the FCC might be: are they applying the cap to ALL data, or is discrimination happening,” notes Kevin Erickson, spokesperson for the Washington, DC-based Future of Music Coalition. “Granted, streaming video is the way most users would get to the point of that much data usage, but they may not be, technically. Obviously, Comcast would prefer for you to do your binge watching through their Xfinity platform, rather than through Netflix or other ‘over-the-top’ services.
It looks as though the FCC is favoring a hybrid approach to net neutrality.
Four days ago, FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn delivered remarks to the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit, held at Georgetown University in D.C. Clyburn said that the FCC looks to be “a ‘facilitator of opportunities,’ and a ‘connector of the disconnected,’” continuing to say they want to be “a strong advocate for free enterprise and robust competition. I support allowing markets the chance to solve problems, while remaining focused on the consumer.” Clyburn’s remarks seemed to indicate the FCC’s move towards a hybrid solution to the debate, repeatedly stressing the importance of an agnostic approach to consumer data, while “promoting competition” between companies. read more
If FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is floating the idea of a hybrid Title II/Sec. 706 network neutrality regime to gauge the reaction from Title II fans and foes, he was getting it Friday. Neither side seemed happy with that alternative.
“We appreciate the effort the FCC has put into devising new rules to preserve an open Internet for content creators and innovators,” said the Future of Music Coalition. “However, net neutrality advocates care less about how slick the rules are, and more about whether they’ll stand up in court. “Because last time they didn’t….We don’t want clever net neutrality. We want real net neutrality.”
On September 17, 2014, Future of Music Coalition submitted written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in its hearing, “Why Net Neutrality Matters: Protecting Consumers and Competition Through Meaningful Open Internet Rules.”
Future of Music Coalition (FMC) is pleased to submit the following written testimony for the record in this important hearing on preserving an open Internet. FMC is a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 by musicians, composers, independent label owners, technologists and artist advocates. Our goal is a diverse musical culture where artists flourish, are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want. read more
The Federal Communications Commission could have used an Internet “fast lane” on Tuesday as a flood of net neutrality comments caused its website to sputter and forced the agency to extend its deadline for accepting public input on its controversial plan.
“We music people know payola when we see it, and what we see in Chairman Wheeler’s proposal doesn’t give us any confidence that we won’t end up with an Internet where pay-by-play rules the day,” the consortium of musicians wrote. “We’ve heard this song before, and we’re frankly pretty tired of it.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is taking lots of flak for its net neutrality proposals, with critics arguing against its proposals to allow ISPs to charge digital media companies for smooth access to their customers. Now more musicians are engaging with the debate, in an open letter to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler signed by OK Go, Michael Stipe, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Jello Biafra, Neko Case, Fugazi, David Lowery, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, the Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson and other artists. “The open Internet’s impact on the creative community cannot be overstated. 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.
THIS week, it seems, has brought us closer to the end of net neutrality, with the FCC getting closer to approving a pay-to-play “fast lane.” The fear among purveyors and enthusiasts of indie culture is that there will be a tiered Internet, one for wealthy corporations and a slow one for the rest. Enormous power would go to broadband companies.
It’s still unclear where this is all going, but one important group — Future of Music Coalition — has released a letter to the FCC chair urging a return to the open Internet and arguing that “the FCC is now proposing rules that would kill — rather than protect — Net Neutrality and allow rampant discrimination online.” The letter continues: read more