The anti-Net Neutrality brigade is at it again. Some may have seen the recent opinion piece at NPR.com by Scott Cleland, which offers a litany of reasons why net neutrality — which makes the internet go vroom! — should be done away with to fill the coffers of a few powerful Internet Service Providers (ISPs). We've heard Cleland's views on the issue many times, but we couldn't disagree more with his position.
In the article, Cleland claims that net neutrality principles are damaging to free speech and business. Actually, it's kind of the opposite. read more
You probably got the memo that Future of Music Coalition supports artists' access to media technologies (like radio and the internet) and the idea that creative expression has value. But did you know we also stick up for musicians' right to free speech?
A couple of media reform groups have sent the Second Circuit Court of Appeals a brief urging it to kick the legs out from under the Federal Communications Commission’s shiny new rules against “fleeting” expletivesâ€”singular bleep words said on the fly. That crackdown has already resulted in “a palpable chill on free speech,” complain the Center for Creative Voices and the Future of Music Coalition. “Without coherent and consistent guidelines as to what constitutes indecent programming, creators are literally at a loss for words.” The filing was written up by the Media Access Project.
Today, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced at the Brookings Institute the Commission's plan to expand Net Neutrality principles. We at Future of Music Coalition have long supported efforts to protect the open internet, so we think this a positive step. When FMC launched the Rock the Net campaign back in 2007, it was with a strong conviction that Net Neutrality is key to giving all artists -- superstars and developing acts alike -- equal footing on the most important technological platform of our time. read more
Don't miss Mac at the 2009 Future of Music Policy Summit (Oct. 4-6, Georgetown University Washington, DC)!We at Future of Music Coalition are huge fans of Mac McCaughan, and not just because he's a member of indie-rock stalwarts Superchunk and Portastatic. And not only due to the fact that he co-founded in 1989 one of the most influential and forward-looking independent record labels around, Merge Records. And not simply because Mac is an all-around awesome dude (which he is). read more
The scuttlebutt in Washington, DC is that newly-appointed FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will talk at the Brookings Institute on Monday, Sept. 21 about the FCC's plan introduce new Net Neutrality rules. (The kids still say scuttlebutt, right?) It probably goes without saying that this is a huge deal for supporters of the open internet, FMC among them. read more
The FCC held a broadband workshop Thursday (Sept 17) on protecting online content, making it a round two dozen workshops to date. John Horrigan, consumer research director for the national broadband plan, said the underlying goal was to figure out what drives adoption, specifically what users want, saying content from entertainment industries plays a big part. FMC’s Michael Bracy and new music composer Alex Shapiro participated in the event.
On behalf of the Future of Music Coalition I want to express our appreciation for this workshop and the overall process that the Commission has undertaken. We believe strongly that the public needs to be engaged in the complicated policy debates that the FCC is taking on, from reforming radio to developing a national broadband plan, and we appreciate your efforts and being invited to participate in today’s workshop. read more
My name is Alex Shapiro, and I?m a composer. My use of the internet has significantly shaped the evolution of my career, and has allowed me to reach audiences around the world, obtain commissions, and sell recordings and scores ? all from a fairly isolated outpost on a bridge-less island in Washington State.