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.
“This is the crucial moment for artists and everyone else who uses the Internet,” said Casey Rae, VP of policy and education for the Future of Music Coalition. “We’ve seen time and again that musicians and other creators will go to bat for an open and accessible Internet. But what we’re seeing here is unprecedented. Net Neutrality has become the rallying cry for anyone who believes that creative expression and entrepreneurship must be preserved online. It doesn’t matter if you’re liberal or conservative, superstar or starry-eyed — we’re all banging the drum for nothing less than our right to use our voices in the way that we see fit.”