Dozens of stars have signed a letter urging FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to “protect the Internet as a vehicle for free expression.”
More than 50 stars have signed a letter to FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler calling his proposed changes to net neutrality a threat to artistic freedom.
“The open Internet has powered the creative community’s pursuits and offerings in the 21st century,” reads the letter. “As members of this community, we urge the Federal Communications Commission to protect the open Internet as a vehicle for free expression and collaboration.”
Creativity in music is also under assault. Prior to the 1980s, cities had a smorgasbord of music to choose from when stations were not part of some giant conglomerate. Stations competed for listeners and new musical styles could emerge when the playing field was level. Compare that to today’s music scene which is controlled by a very small number of giant corporations. You can drive the width of this country and listen to the same play list repeated in every town. It’s all preprogrammed in a central location and local stations just send out the signals. And if you think bad music is the only consequence of this system, go back and read about the chemical spill in Minot, Mont. in 2002.
We spend so much of our lives online — from work and shopping to social networking and entertainment. But a Washington appeals court recently overturned crucial policies that ensure a fair and open internet for everyone. Net neutrality rules ensure a level playing field and prevent big corporations like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from blocking content, increasing your bill and lowering your connection speed.
An advocacy group for musicians is sending up a red flag about the Internet potentially turning into a two-tier system – with faster speeds of delivery for those who can pay extra. The Future of Music Coalition (FMC), a national nonprofit research group, says the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to significantly modify broadband Internet service delivery. Read More.
At the moment, your Internet generally works like this: You pay a company — AT&T, or Comcast, or Verizon, or Time Warner — for monthly online access. Once you’re connected, you can go to whatever legally permissible website your heart desires and, whether it’s the New York Times or Netflix, it takes you the same amount of time no matter where you’re trying to go. Read more.
Hope you really trust your broadband company. And don’t mind the Internet getting more expensive. If a report by The Wall Street Journal is true, a new rule proposal would allow the likes of Comcast, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable to charge content providers extra for faster access to consumers. Potentially, that would mean streaming services such as Spotify, Beats Music, and Pandora could have to bill their customers more or else slow down: read more.
When Barack Obama was running for president in 2007, he earned a great deal of credibility with tech-savvy voters by expressing support for net neutrality that was rooted in an understanding that this issue raises essential questions about the future of open, free and democratic communications in America. Obama “got” that net neutrality represented an Internet-age equivalent of the First Amendment—a guarantee of equal treatment for all content, as opposed to special rights to speed and quality of service for the powerful business and political elites that can buy an advantage. Read more.
In 1941, “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” was the biggest hit in the land, thanks to — what else? — the radio. Radio’s popularity owes much to songs like this — and the songwriters and publishers who enabled us to hear them. Back then, the balance of power in the music industry was tilted towards the performing rights groups ASCAP and BMI, organizations that acted as gatekeepers to the world’s most valuable musical repertoires — so much so that the US Department of Justice took action that same year to balance the scales: read more.
From YouTube, to Pandora, to Spotify, streaming music is piloting our listening habits in fascinating new ways. Eric Harvey explores how these developments are affecting ideas of taste, access, and ownership in the 21st century.
On-demand streaming music has been part of the collective imagination for more than a century. It can be traced back to the 1888 publication of Edward Bellamy’s million-selling science fiction novel Looking Backward, in which a man falls asleep in 1887 and wakes up in 2000. Amidst the mind-blowing technological developments he encounters on his journey is a “music room,” in which 24-hour playlists are piped in to subscribers via phone lines. With no shortage of astonishment, the man proclaims that “an arrangement for providing everybody with music in their homes, perfect in quality, unlimited in quantity, suited to every mood, and beginning and ceasing at will” is perhaps the pinnacle of human achievement. Read more.
Casey Rae, interim executive director of the Washington, D.C., based Future of Music Coalition, will give the keynote speech for the event Friday. The group has been lobbying on behalf of musicians since 2000.
Rae joins The Daily Circuit ahead of his speech to discuss how musicians are navigating the music industry to earn a living through their art.