Here at FMC, we are always happy to shine light on principled positions taken by policymakers. To that end, we recognize Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL), who today issued a strong statement in support of net neutrality. Even cooler, he talked about why net neutrality is so crucial to musicians and independent labels: “an open and fair Internet guarantees that independent bands can get to their audiences at the same speeds as those on major labels,” says the congressman. And in the second paragraph, no less!
We also appreciate that Rep. Murphy is in favor of reclassifying broadband internet service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which would provide the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with the light-touch tools it needs to ensure that the Internet works for everyone, and not just a handful of powerful Internet Service Providers like Comcast and Verizon.
From all of us at FMC and the broader music community, we say thanks for taking a stand. Let’s just hope the FCC is listening. The congressman’s full statement is below.