It appeared Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez had done all the damage he could do: authorizing illegal wiretaps, coming up with dubious legal rational for torture and lying before Congress. But Gonzalez couldn’t resist lobbing one more bomb before riding into the Texas sunset.
Surprisingly enough, this one has to do with net neutrality. Gonzalez filed papers with the FCC opposing net neutrality late last week claiming falsely that such regulations could hamper innovation on the Internet. read more
The Federal Trade Commission rightly concluded in its report Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy that the broadband Internet market needs greater competition. About 96 percent of the broadband market is currently controlled by just two entities: the cable or phone company. In many markets, customers only have one type of ISP to choose from.
Washington, D.C.— The Federal Trade Commission rightly concluded in its report Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy [PDF] that the broadband Internet market needs greater competition.read more
The open internet is about choice, freedom of expression and access to information. Yet there are some corporations that want to change the basic structure of the web as we know it.
Certain telecommunications companies would like to charge content providers higher fees for the faster loading of their sites, which could alter the way we access the web. The result would be an Internet where those companies that couldn’t afford to — or didn’t want to — pay this toll would be relegated the slow lane. Independent and developing musicians could lose an ever-important connection to their fans, while listeners might find their access to the web’s varied, exciting and legal musical offerings severely compromised. read more
Right now in FMC-land we’re hard at work on this Wednesday’s Policy Day, which will be filled with bold statements, learned debates and intriguing ideas. We’re nearly sold out and can accept only 3 more registrations, so if you want to attend, please register NOW. Read on for all the latest reasons to join the discussion!
FMC and ACS Present Technology and IP Policy Day: May 2, 2007
FMC Joins the Blogosphere
The Webcasting Rate Debate
FCC Announces Payola Settlement
Rock the Net Campaign Gains Steam
FCC License Window Announced
Official Media Ownership Hearing in Tampa: April 30
Jenny Toomey’s prepared oral testimony delivered at the FCC’s Public Hearing on Media Ownership at Belmont University, Nashville, TN in December 2006. Jenny summarizes the key findings from False Premises, False Promises, and urges the Commission to take the necessary steps to fix radio. read more
“We applaud the Senate Commerce Committee’s overwhelming
bipartisan vote of 14-7 in support of allowing the Federal Communications
Commission to expand non-commercial Low Power FM radio stations into
urban markets. Today’s vote was part of the Committee’s larger debate
on a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s telecommunications laws.” read more
An Opinion piece published in The Hill on the importance of Net Neutrality
Jenny Toomey and Michael Bracy
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Over the past several years, the independent music community has flourished. It now represents over 80 percent of music released in this country and nearly 30 percent of the overall music marketplace. While many argue the Internet has had a negative impact on traditional record sales, it has also helped artists to tear down the walls between themselves and their fans and created the foundation for an unparalleled musician-powered renaissance. If this transformation continues, musicians may leave behind the long-standing imbalance that requires them to sign away their copyrights as a condition of gaining a major-label contract. If they do so, artists? gratitude should flow to the principle of network neutrality. read more
What Will Happen to Independent Culture when the Web Goes Big Business?
Andrew Spencer Goldman
Thursday, August 30, 2001
For a brief, shining moment it looked as though the Internet might emerge
as our storybook hero, ending the reign of the old media conglomerates.
For too long our radios bound us to music as shiny and sterile as a corporate
board room, our cinema to films as empty of soul as they were full of
silicon and cliche, and our newspapers and televisions to the news that
Wall Street wanted us to see. Through a corporate filter, we lacked the perspective necessary to identify (at any mass level) the role that a highly concentrated media plays in sedating a vibrant democracy. read more