A barrage of high-profile artists have joined forces to present a unified voice in defense of net neutrality, issuing a statement in advance of the May 15th vote at the Federal Communications Commission. The proposal aims to open the floodgates of tiered access and restricted dissemination online, driven by the likes of Comcast and Time Warner Cable to jack up fees from websites for faster download speeds.
Pity poor FCC chairman Tom Wheeler. Not only does he have some corporate heavyweights such as Verizon and Cisco opposing net neutrality and others such as Google and Microsoft supporting it, he now has another group voicing its concerns: rockers, poets, actors, and other members of “the creative community.”
“The open Internet’s impact on the creative community cannot be overstated,” a group of 60 such worthies wrote in an open letter to Wheeler on Tuesday. “The Internet has enabled artists to connect directly with each other and with audiences.”
The Future of Music Coalition and Free Press have organized a letter to encourage FCC chairman Tom Wheeler to uphold net neutrality. The letter argues that new rules proposed by Wheeler would favor corporations like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon over individual artists and creators.
The letter was signed by a number of musicians, including Michael Stipe, Jeff Mangum, Fugazi, tUnE-yArDs, Neko Case, Roger Waters, Eddie Vedder, Fred Armisen, Kimya Dawson, Tom Morello, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s Alec Ounsworth, Mirah, YACHT, the Postal Service’s Jimmy Tamborello, Kronos Quartet, and many others.
Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is having a tough week. With the clock counting down to a crucial vote on his controversial net neutrality plan, Wheeler is scrambling to rally support. But he’s having difficulty finding any.
Eddie Vedder has joined more than 50 musicians, writers, poets, actors, and other artists, including Michael Stipe, Tom Morello, Kimya Dawson, Boots Riley, and Jill Sobule, in signing a letter to FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler voicing opposition of his current proposed changes to net neutrality and calling them a threat to artistic freedom and integrity. Here’s a small excerpt:
What happens to the Internet will shape what happens to music, along with every other aspect of culture and free speech. A reported plan that would change the way cable and telephone companies can charge for online content goes to a crucial vote at the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, May 15.
The proposal, which — according to The Wall Street Journal — would allow the likes of Comcast and Time Warner Cable to demand extra fees from websites for faster download speeds, has already faced so much public backlash that the Journal now reports FCC head Tom Wheeler has tweaked the plan in hopes of getting it approved.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, PEARLJAM’s Eddie Vedder, Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and many other musicians and creative artists have signed a letter in favor of keeping net neutrality, the policy that makes the Internet a level playing field for all web sites. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering a change in the rules that would allow corporate behemoths like Comcast and Time Warner Cable to demand extra fees from websites for faster download speeds, potentially allowing discrimination against online content that is not able to pay for special treatment. read more
On Tuesday, dozens of artists, musicians and other members of the creative community delivered a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urging the agency to abandon its pay-for-prioritization proposal and stand up for real Net Neutrality. Wheeler’s proposal — which will be considered during a May 15FCC meeting — reportedly allows Internet service providers to charge extra fees to content companies for preferential treatment.
The letter was coordinated by the Future of Music Coalition and Free Press, two nonprofit organizations with a long history of supporting accessible and open platforms for creativity and entrepreneurship. read more
In a letter addressed to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, celebrity performers including Mark Ruffalo and Eddie Vedder called for the commission to issue new rules that protect net neutrality. “As members of this community,” the letter reads, “we urge the Federal Communications Commission to protect the open internet as a vehicle for free expression and collaboration.” read more
One thing the Federal Communications Commission chairman, Tom Wheeler, seems to have overlooked in his widely loathed proposal for a net neutrality overhaul is that if the Internet has a fast lane, it must, necessarily, have a slow lane.