Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum and Astra Taylor and Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry of R.E.M. are among the dozens of musicians who signed an open letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler in support of net neutrality.
They argued that, without net neutrality, artists won’t be able to distribute their work online without big corporations that pay Internet service providers for bandwidth.
On Thursday the FCC will vote on the future of the internet in the US, which also includes the future of internet radio in all its forms. The five commissioners will weigh in on Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Open Internet proposal at the Commission’s February open meeting.
Even if Pai and O’Reilly both vote “no” on Thursday, Wheeler will probably get the assent of his two fellow Democrats for a 3–2 win. read more
Net neutrality is one of the great issues facing modern society, at least as far as the Internet is concerned, but it has been consistently held back by one small problem: It’s kind of hard to understand. We know Netflix is one of the good guys, and it wants to make sure that everyone’s House Of Cards binges don’t get interrupted this weekend by slow download speeds. On the other side, as always, are the cable companies and Internet providers who think they can get richer and richer by systematically destroying everything that brings us happiness—like, you know, the Internet. The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on net neutrality this Thursday but, frankly, we’re still a bit confused. read more
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on a net neutrality plan that will ensure a free and open Internet for web users everywhere.
The plan, which was proposed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler earlier this month, is the strongest net neutrality plan to date. Writing in Wired, Wheeler said that the proposal he put forth to the FCC board members “assures the rights of internet users to go where they want, when they want, and the rights of innovators to introduce new products without asking anyone’s permission.” read more
A 2013 online survey by the Future of Music Coalition and the Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center found that 43 percent of American artists - from musicians to dancers and visual artists - lack health insurance. Most musicians can’t live off the money they make playing music and take part-time jobs. The Johnny Brenda’s staff is “full of musicians” working part time in the kitchen and behind the bar, and serving tables, Mungan said.
Look for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to take action on net neutrality next month, if unnamed sources talking to the Washington Post are to be believed.
Last week, officials told the Post’s Brian Fung that FCC Chair Tom Wheeler informed the committee he will be giving them a draft proposal next month with approval to come shortly thereafter. An FCC spokesperson declined to provide any details on what the proposal might entail but confirmed the timeline.
Almost two weeks ago Sohrab went to DC performing at The October Revolution in Jazz event at Union Arts curated by Luke Stewart and attending the two days 14th Future of Music Policy Summit at Georgetown University. Future of Music Coalition (FMC) is a U.S. 501(c)(3) national non-profit organization specializing in education, research and advocacy for musicians with a focus on issues at the intersection of music technology, policy and law.
KENNEALLY: In the music industry, the calls for transparency come from many angles. Musicians want transparency in accounting and royalty distribution. Indie labels want more information about negotiations with streaming services and others. Songwriters, too, worry about the lack of transparency in direct deals made between publishers and platforms.
For the Future of Music Policy Summit, David moderated the panel Whose Transparency Is It, Anyway? And he joins me now on Beyond the Book. Welcome to the program, David Herlihy.
Music superstar Taylor Swift and her label Big Machine Music have pulled her catalog of songs from the music streaming service Spotify.
“There’s only three major labels left on the planet. They have tremendous leverage,” says Casey Rae, vice president of policy and education at the Future of Music Coalition, which represents the interests of musical artists.
If FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is floating the idea of a hybrid Title II/Sec. 706 network neutrality regime to gauge the reaction from Title II fans and foes, he was getting it Friday. Neither side seemed happy with that alternative.
“We appreciate the effort the FCC has put into devising new rules to preserve an open Internet for content creators and innovators,” said the Future of Music Coalition. “However, net neutrality advocates care less about how slick the rules are, and more about whether they’ll stand up in court. “Because last time they didn’t….We don’t want clever net neutrality. We want real net neutrality.”