Anyone who has had to "interface" with the FCC's website can probably tell you that it's not exactly user-friendly. We've heard that there's an overhaul on the way, which we await with baited breath. In the meantime, the federal agency responsible for regulating media and telecommunications is dipping its toes into the wild world of social media -- namely, Twitter and the blogosphere. (Do the kids still call it that?)
First up is the FCC's new blog about their efforts towards a National Broadband Plan, cleverly called BlogBand. (Hey, this blog is called FutureBlog, so we're not about to poke fun.) Here's the skinny straight from the Commission: read more
Lots of stuff to report this month, from exciting Policy Summit 2009 additions to developments at the FCC and action on Capitol Hill on key issues that affect musicians. Read on for your monthly dose of music-technology-policy, available without prescription.
On July 15, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing for Federal Communication Commission (FCC) nominees Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Atwell Baker. President Obama nominated Clyburn and Baker to fill two vacant FCC Commissioner positions. The FCC has five Commissioners, only three of which can be from the same political party; the party of the current administration constitutes the majority. Clyburn, a Democrat, and Baker, a Republican, will be replacing outgoing Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Debi Tate, respectively. (Later in the week, the Senate confirmed Clyburn and Atwell.)
While most the country has been occupied with the Sotomayor confirmation, we at FMC have also been keeping our eyes on another nomination process -- namely, who will fill a pair of important Federal Communications Commission posts.
When President Obama entered office, three out of the five FCC Commissioner spots, including the FCC Chairmanship, were vacant. Last month, the Senate confirmed Julius Genochowski to head up the agency; you can read about it here). On July 15, 2009, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing questioning Obama's nominees for the two remaining Commissioner seats. read more
On Tuesday, July 9, FMC's Kristin Thomson -- author of "Same Old Song," FMC's latest report(s) on indie music on the airwaves -- gave an interview on the Mediageek Radioshow.On Tuesday,
Mediageek is a weekly half-hour syndicated public affairs radio program covering grassroots and independent media, hosted and produced by Paul Riismandel at WNUR 89.3 FM on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Mediageek can be heard throughout Chicago and the northern suburbs, and also on the web. read more
Nearly four years ago the four largest commercial radio owners promised to play more independent music as part of FCC consent decrees resulting from recent payola investigations. Future of Music Coalition has been tracking radio playlists to see if commercial stations have been keeping their promises. FMC?s Kristin Thomson joins the Mediageek Radioshow to discuss the situation.
We're super busy on this Friday afternoon, but we wanted to get it in the official FMC record (or at least this here blog) that the Senate voted Thursday evening to confirm Julius Genachowski -- President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Federal Communications Commission.
Ars Technica: read more
Launched on the eve of an important Congressional hearing on Low Power FM radio (LPFM), the “I Support Community Radio” campaign features video testimonials from such artists as the Indigo Girls, Saul Williams, David Harrington of Kronos Quartet, Jon Langford of The Mekons and Waco Brothers, Vijay Iyer, Franz Nicolay of The Hold Steady and more.