WASHINGTON, DC— Moments ago, the Federal Communications Commission voted to adopt a new Open Internet order, implementing strong net neutrality protections using Title II of the Communications Act.
Future of Music Coalition CEO Casey Rae made the following statement:
“This is an incredible moment for so many artists and independent labels who fought to preserve an open and accessible Internet for almost a decade. Creators of all political persuasions and backgrounds embody the very spirit of what net neutrality supporters have sought to achieve in this fight: the ability to compete on a level playing field without discrimination from just a few powerful ISPs. This historic day is a testament to what can be achieved when the creative community comes together with a diverse array of advocates and activists to stand up for free expression and entrepreneurship. We are proud and grateful to see the results of principled and sustained engagement on an issue that will shape the future of music for generations to come.”
The vote came just days after a letter signed by dozens of musicians and other creators thanking FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler for listening to the creative community and choosing the right path. That letter can be viewed here.