Washington, D.C.? On January 14, 2010, a broad array of independent creator organizations filed comments in the FCC?s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Preserving an Open Internet (GN Docket No. 09-191). The comments demonstrated the need for enforceable net neutrality rules to ensure that all creators ? regardless of size, affiliation or category ? can compete in a legitimate digital marketplace.
On January 14, 2010, a broad array of independent creator organizations, including Future of Music Coalition, filed comments in the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Preserving an Open Internet. The comments demonstrated the need for enforceable net neutrality rules to ensure that all creators — regardless of size, affiliation or category — can compete in a legitimate digital marketplace.
The FCC sought public input on draft rules that would codify and supplement existing principles to safeguard the Internet?s openness. This process is intended to secure and protect the many economic and social benefits of the open Internet by preventing anyone from restricting the free flow of lawful content and applications online.
According to the FCC, the goal of the proceeding is to adopt ?clear, enforceable, common sense rules of the road? meant to keep the door open for continued innovation online, while allowing users access to the broad range of ideas and services today?s internet provides.
The groups submitting comments described how the cultural sector is using the open internet to forge the future for entertainment and creative expression.
Co-signers include American Composers Forum, American Music Center, Center for Creative Voices in Media, Film Independent, Fractured Atlas, Future of Music Coalition, International Documentary Association, International Music Manager?s Forum, Just Plain Folks, Meet the Composer, Nacional Records, National Alliance for Media Art and Culture, and Writers Guild of America West. read more
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As we've mentioned before, Future of Music Coalition has issued briefs in important court cases regarding the FCC's "vague and arbitrary" indecency policies, arguing that they have a chilling effect on creation and lead to broadcasters shying away from airing worthwhile content for fear of triggering massive fines. For instance, we've heard that many PBS affiliates were afraid to air the original version of Ken Burns' acclaimed documentary The War, for fear that it would result in a punitive response from the FCC. We believe that artists have a right to free speech and expression and that they actually benefit from exposure to challenging and at times even controversial art.
Check out this article at Ars Technica about FMC's comments tool that helps musicians and fans tell the FCC how they use the open internet. Besides saying nice things about the tool itself (and noticing that it's not designed to elicit stock, form letter-style answers), the piece quotes R.E.M.'s testimony, which is all about how the open internet makes practically every aspect of communicating with fans easier and cheaper.
Reporter Nate Anderson reserves particular praise for Erin McKeown's submission. "The great virtue of McKeown's three-page comment," Anderson writes, "is the passion that infuses it; this is a working musician who plays 200 gigs a year and is absolutely dependent on the Internet to power her career."
But the real reason we created the comments tool is so YOU can share your own viewpoints with the FCC in their Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Preserving an Open Internet. The deadline is Jan 14 (tomorrow!) so, if you wanna be part of the official record, you should get cracking.
Achtung, musicians and indie labels! The clock is ticking to tell the FCC how you use the open internet in your lives and careers!
You have an incredible opportunity to assist the FCC in crafting smart policy that will ensure that the internet remains open and accessible to all. This page will tell you everything you need to know about the FCC proceeding. We've even designed a comments tool that will guide you through the process and automatically file with the Commission. If only booking tours were that simple!
You'll be in great company. Acts like R.E.M., Kronos Quartet, Erin McKeown, Franz Nicolay of The Hold Steady and more have already filed comments. Get your inspiration right here!
The comments phase of this proceeding closes on Thursday, January 14, so don't dawdle. And please pass the word on to your peers!
Washington, D.C.? National education, research and advocacy nonprofit organization Future of Music Coalition (FMC) has launched an online comments tool to help artists, labels and fans file comments with the Federal Communications Commission as it considers adopting formal rules on net neutrality ? the principle that protects the open internet.
Artists such as R.E.M., Kronos Quartet, Erin McKeown, Mart?Perna (Antibalas, Ocote Soul Sounds), Franz Nicolay (The Hold Steady), Pearl Jam, Imani Winds, Dead Prez and more are submitting comments in this proceeding. Through the comments tool, FMC is offering a means by which all musicians ? established and developing ? can tell their stories about how they use the internet in their lives and careers and voice their opinions on specific questions related to this historic FCC proceeding. read more
Today, FMC's Jean Cook spoke at a hearing on net neutrality that was held by the New York City Council's Committee on Technology and Government. Jean was among several witnesses which included representatives from technology, the public interest, digital entertainment and the creative community. Her remarks, which you can read in their entirety here, demonstrated the importance of open internet structures to musicians. read more
Earlier today, FMC joined a conference call with Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) and bloggers on the subject of net neutrality. The purpose of the conversation was twofold: to thank online scribes for their work in raising awareness about the issue over the last few years, and also to talk about what can be done to preserve the open internet for everyone.
"For years, a handful of consumer groups have pushed this issue, warning of the threat to the internet," Markey said. Then a few years ago, I turned to you -- the bloggers and internet advocates who have a huge stake in keeping the internet open and free. . . you are the Paul Reveres, sounding the alarm: 'the big telcos are coming! The big telcos are coming!'" read more
Today (Oct. 22), the Federal Communications Commission took affirmative steps in preserving the open internet for all. By approving a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Net Neutrality this morning, the Commission moved in a transparent manner to solicit public opinion about this crucial issue.
The goal, according to the FCC, is to eventually adopt "clear, enforceable, common sense rules of the road" meant to keep the door open for continued innovation online, while allowing users access to the broad range of ideas and services today's internet provides. read more
Washington, D.C.?Future of Music Coalition ? a national nonprofit that seeks a bright future for musicians and listeners ? commends today?s historic introduction of draft principles to protect the open internet for creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and the public.