On Thursday the FCC will vote on the future of the internet in the US, which also includes the future of internet radio in all its forms. The five commissioners will weigh in on Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Open Internet proposal at the Commission’s February open meeting.
Even if Pai and O’Reilly both vote “no” on Thursday, Wheeler will probably get the assent of his two fellow Democrats for a 3–2 win.
If that is the case, he’ll have the support of Death Cab for Cutie, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, the Kronos Quartet, and over ninety other musicians. They all signed an open letter to Wheeler, organized by the Future of Music Coalition, assuring him “we’ve got your back.” They go on to say, “We are sure that you probably don’t need to be reminded, but we’ll mention it anyway: there is a public interest imperative in preserving an open Internet and the creative sector is a huge part of this interest.”