Verizon-Google has issued its “regulatory framework” proposal for the internet, which, according to our friends at the Future of Music Coalition, has amplified the dialogue and debate about net neutrality, a subject about which we are all very concerned. FMC took the announcement as an opportunity to reiterate their basic stance on the open internet and musicians which you can read here.
This post was researched and assembled by FMC policy, legal and communications interns Alexandra Wood, Gloria Ho and Rachel Smith.
On Monday, August 9, 2010, Verizon and Google released a joint proposal for a legislative framework for broadband internet service. Although the proposal has no legal effect on its own, it is important to understand because it could serve as a model for future legislation or FCC rulemaking. We weighed in yesterday via a short media statement, which you can read here. read more
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, two of America’s biggest internet companies, Google and Verizon, revealed the terms of a privately-reached proposal intended to serve as a legislative framework for net neutrality. Currently, the FCC is considering ways to reassert its basic authority to regulate broadband and protect the open internet. This afternoon’s announcement from Google and Verizon follows the recent collapse of talks between the Commission and internet stakeholders meant to arrive at a regulatory consensus.
News has just broken about a supposed Google/Verizon agreement regarding how to handle web traffic. This is significant due to the ongoing conversations about preserving the internet as an open platform for innovation, creativity and commerce. read more
Today’s post was co-authored by FMC Google Policy Intern Alexandra Wood.
On July 14, Future of Music Coalition submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission regarding the legal framework it uses to support its broadband policy. The FCC opened this Notice of Inquiry after the April court decision in Comcast v. FCC undermined the Commission’s ability to enforce open internet rules and bring broadband internet access to rural communities. We know that all sounds ridiculously wonky, so let us break it down for you. read more
You may recall a short while back when we told you about Barbershop Punk — a fascinating and entertaining new documentary that looks at the future of the internet as an open platform for free expression.
The film tells the story of software engineer and avid barbershop quartet enthusiast Robb Topolski, whose attempts to track down legally-available, turn-of-the-century barbershop music online resulted in an unsettling discovery: his Internet Service Provider (ISP) was covertly restricting its users’ access to online content. read more
Lately, the FCC has found itself in a tricky position with regards to two of its biggest goals: getting broadband internet to more Americans and ensuring the web remains an open platform for all users. read more