WASHINGTON, DC—On Monday February 23, dozens of musicians and independent cultural creators came together in a letter to Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, thanking him for moving forward with strong net neutrality rules, in advance of the Commission’s vote on February 26. read more
WASHINGTON, DC—Future of Music Coalition (FMC), the celebrated nonprofit resource for musicians and composers, has positioned itself for further success in its mission to equip today’s and tomorrow’s creators with the tools they need to be effective in a changing musical landscape.
With a new office in the vibrant music district that is lower 14th Street in Washington, DC and a revitalized Board, FMC is poised to make a lasting impact on issues at the intersection of music, technology, policy and law. read more
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler revealed the Federal Communications Commission’s approach to preserving an open and accessible Internet. The proposed Order would prohibit Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from discriminating against lawful online content. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made the case for the new rules in an Op-Ed in Wired. read more
WASHINGTON, DC—This week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to circulate his plans to preserve an open Internet where musicians, composers and other content creators can reach audiences without discrimination or interference from a handful of powerful Internet Service Providers.
According to news reports, the proposed rules include reclassification of broadband as a “telecommunications service”—a move that provides for sounder footing to protect content creators and consumers. The FCC will vote on these rules at its February 26, 2015 Open Meeting.
The following statement is attributed to Casey Rae, CEO of Music Coalition (FMC), a national non-profit research, education and advocacy organization for musicians and composers: read more
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, President Barack Obama underscored his support for an open, and accessible Internet based in free expression and entrepreneurship by calling for the FCC to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service.
The following statement is attributed to Casey Rae, VP for Policy and Education at Music Coalition (FMC), a national non-profit research, education and advocacy organization for musicians:
“The president hit the nail on the head in supporting light-touch rules using the bedrock principle of ‘common carriage.’ This is part of a longstanding American tradition in communications policy that enables both free expression and economic growth. read more
WASHINGTON, DC—This week, news broke that the Federal Communications Commission Chairman (FCC) is considering a “hybrid” proposal to establish net neutrality rules. While full details have yet to be revealed, the proposal aims to separate the “retail last-mile” Internet, where consumers connect, from the “back-end” Internet, where content providers and ISPs exchange data. This arrangement may create loopholes with regard to accessibility, and is unproven in terms of legal defensibility.
The following statement is attributed to Casey Rae, VP for Policy at Future of Music Coalition (FMC), a national non-profit research, education and advocacy organization for musicians. read more
WASHINGTONDC— The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) submitted formal opposition today to the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, petitioning the Federal Communications Commission to deny the transaction. In 2010, both WGAW and FMC raised concerns about the vertical integration between Comcast and NBC Universal. Both organizations urged the FCC to adopt strong conditions to protect content creators, consumers and competition. But, in the three years following the merger, Comcast has used its market power to harm content competitors on both traditional and online content platforms.
The proposed acquisition of TWC, even with nominal divestitures to Charter and Spinco, will magnify the harms that have occurred in the last three years and will hinder the development of a diverse and competitive media market. The Guild and the Coalition assert that because the deal would grant an unprecedented amount of power to a single entity, harm consumers and create a serious threat to competition in the video and broadband marketplaces, it does not meet the FCC’s criteria for serving the public interest.