Calling online pay for play, “the new payola,” a group of musicians including REM and Decemberists bassist Nate Query has told the FCC they are “inclined” to think it should reclassify online access under Title II common carrier regs. That came in comments on the FCC’s proposed new Open Internet order from self-described “musicians, songwriters, entrepreneurs, rabble-rousers, advocates, innovators, Internet users and members of the public.”
“We music people know payola when we see it. And what we see in Chairman Wheeler’s proposal doesn’t give us any confidence that we won’t end up with an Internet where pay-by-play rules the day. We’ve heard this song before, and we’re frankly pretty tired of it,” they said in their comments Tuesday (July 15), the deadline for initial comments.