It was a cuh-rayzee week for the internet, but things are looking up.
You may recall a couple of our earlierposts where we explained how an April 2010 court decision threw the FCC’s ability to protect the open internet into serious doubt. We’re not gonna get into the whole legal to-do, but suffice it to say, there were some questions about how the Commission might move forward. read more
Today’s post is by FMC Communications Intern Peter Haugen.
Given the choice, most musicians would prefer to not to be washed up. But is it any better to be out at sea?
With the music biz in a state of seemingly permanent flux, plenty of folks are looking for a raft. Along those lines, I recently heard the major record labels compared to the big steamships of yore. Due to their large mass, they have lots of momentum, but alas, they also have extremely poor turning speed. When quick movement is needed, bulky vessels simply lack maneuverability. read more
Groups such as the Future of Music Coalition, an organization advocating on behalf of musicians, believes a web that isn’t net neutral will end up hurting independent artists and impede the development of the internet. “Artists need access to this platform. It’s how they relate to their fans,” said Casey Rae-Hunter, FMC Communications Director in a recent interview. “We knew if the platform was open we would see innovation.” Hunter points to the success of indie rock bands like Okay Go, who have used the web to cultivate a loyal fan base. Music sites like Pandora are examples of what can occur when artists and innovators are given the chance to compete on a level playing field.
Without the reassurance that a robust regulator is preventing service providers from steering or otherwise interfering with web traffic, people like Hunter fear the Internet may tend towards favoring major label artists and ultimately marginalizing indie acts.
“(Maybe) Lady Gaga could cut a deal with an ISP but I can’t,” said Hunter, also a working musician. read more
Wanna know more about net neutrality and why protecting the open internet is so important to musicians and other creators?
We've got just the thing.
On Tuesday, April 27 (that's tomorrow!), the Arts & Democracy Project in collaboration with Future of Music Coalition and the Media Access Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) will host a Learning Community Conference Call on the Open Internet. This public discussion will explain why net neutrality is essential to artists who use the web to build communities, maintain connections with fans and drive creativity and innovation in the digital era. read more
It was a great weekend for listening to FMC folks talk about our favorite subject: the intersection of music and policy.
On Saturday, FMC Policy Director Michael Bracy chatted with Windy City music scribes Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis on "Sound Opinions" — a weekly talk show from Chicago Public Radio and American Public Media. read more
Across town, another DC-based group, the Future of Music Coalition, was ready to engage. “Everyone is trying to figure out what the next steps are,” Casey Rae-Hunter,
Communications Director at the Coalition told Digital Music News.
Suddenly the debate is more energized, and according to Rae-Hunter, issues like Congressional involvement and aspects of the Administration-backed National Broadband Plan are getting greater attention. “This ramps up a very spirited and interesting debate,” the director shared. read more
Future of Music Coalition’s Casey Rae-Hunter talking about the April 6, 2010 US Court of Appeals District of Columbia decision in Comcast v. FCC, which impacts the FCC’s ability to preserve the open internet and pursue many aspects of the National Broadband Plan.
Yesterday, we examined the April 6, 2010 decision at the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which basically stated that the FCC has no authority to compel internet service providers to do… well, a lot. The case was based on a August 2008 FCC order against Comcast, in which the Commission told the company to stop messing with BitTorrent traffic. read more