You probably got the memo that Future of Music Coalition supports artists' access to media technologies (like radio and the internet) and the idea that creative expression has value. But did you know we also stick up for musicians' right to free speech?
A couple of media reform groups have sent the Second Circuit Court of Appeals a brief urging it to kick the legs out from under the Federal Communications Commission’s shiny new rules against “fleeting” expletivesâ€”singular bleep words said on the fly. That crackdown has already resulted in “a palpable chill on free speech,” complain the Center for Creative Voices and the Future of Music Coalition. “Without coherent and consistent guidelines as to what constitutes indecent programming, creators are literally at a loss for words.” The filing was written up by the Media Access Project.
The scuttlebutt in Washington, DC is that newly-appointed FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will talk at the Brookings Institute on Monday, Sept. 21 about the FCC's plan introduce new Net Neutrality rules. (The kids still say scuttlebutt, right?) It probably goes without saying that this is a huge deal for supporters of the open internet, FMC among them. read more
The FCC held a broadband workshop Thursday (Sept 17) on protecting online content, making it a round two dozen workshops to date. John Horrigan, consumer research director for the national broadband plan, said the underlying goal was to figure out what drives adoption, specifically what users want, saying content from entertainment industries plays a big part. FMC’s Michael Bracy and new music composer Alex Shapiro participated in the event.
On behalf of the Future of Music Coalition I want to express our appreciation for this workshop and the overall process that the Commission has undertaken. We believe strongly that the public needs to be engaged in the complicated policy debates that the FCC is taking on, from reforming radio to developing a national broadband plan, and we appreciate your efforts and being invited to participate in today’s workshop. read more
My name is Alex Shapiro, and I?m a composer. My use of the internet has significantly shaped the evolution of my career, and has allowed me to reach audiences around the world, obtain commissions, and sell recordings and scores ? all from a fairly isolated outpost on a bridge-less island in Washington State.
On Thursday, September 17 at 9:30 AM ET, FMC Policy Director Michael Bracy and composer Alex Shapiro will participate in an FCC broadband workshop called "The Role of Content in the Broadband Ecosystem." According to the Commission's broadband taskforce, this workshop aims to "address issues pertaining to online content and its role in the broadband ecosystem." read more
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Net neutrality advocates will be heartened to hear the words that came out of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's mouth in a recent interview with The Hill. The new boss at the Commission stated, pretty much unequivocally, that the FCC intends to proactively uphold the principles that protect the open internet.
"One thing I would say so that there is no confusion out there is that this FCC will support net neutrality and will enforce any violation of net neutrality principles," Genachowski offered. read more