Washington, D.C. Future of Music Coalition recognizes the importance of today?s FCC decision ordering Comcast to stop interfering with legal internet traffic, disclose to the FCC its network management practices and to alert consumers about any changes to its methods.
?Chairman Kevin Martin and Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein deserve enormous credit for recognizing that a legitimate digital music marketplace cannot emerge unless there are consistent and transparent rules that allow a level playing field for innovators, consumers and creators,? said FMC Policy Director Michael Bracy. ?The ability to use legal applications is crucial to an internet that fosters innovation, commerce and creativity.? read more
FCC Says Comcast Illegally Interfered With Web File-Sharing Traffic
A majority of the Federal Communications Commission has concluded that cable operator Comcast unlawfully disrupted the transfer of certain digital video files, affirming the government’s right to regulate how Internet companies manage Web traffic. Cecilia Kang, The Washington Postread more
In the fall of 2007, the Federal Communications Commission presented a rare opportunity to revitalize local radio in communities across the country. For one week in October, nonprofit groups could apply to the Commission for full-power FM radio stations. FMC identified the more than 200 organizations that could benefit from having a full-power radio station. Along with Radio for People coalition, FMC worked to ease a process that would otherwise be daunting, connecting applicants with lawyers and engineers and guiding them through each step of the process. “In particular, we zeroed in on groups that would bring new and diverse music programming to the air,” says Cook.
Through conversations with various applicants — from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to a transmission arts collective in upstate New York — this article explains the opportunity that this full-power window represents and how FMC helped creative communities organize and engage in the process. read more
On Tuesday, July 1, FMC and the Center for Creative Voices in Media filed an amici brief (amici means — advisers to the court who are not parties to the case) with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on the subject of the FCC’s current indecency policy. You can read the press release here and the brief here. read more
WASHINGTON, DC ? Future of Music Coalition and the Center for Creative
Voices in Media filed a brief at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals
today, showing that the Federal Communications Commission?s new
indecency policy has a chilling effect on creativity and expression and
deprives the public of access to protected speech.
"Artists must be free to create and experience the creations of
others," said FMC Executive Director Ann Chaitovitz. "Creators and the
public are the unfortunate victims of the Commission's new policy,
which chills creativity and limits Americans' access to diverse sources
Future of Music Coalition
FCC Policy Stifles Creativity And Limits Access To Diverse Content
WASHINGTON, DC ? Future of Music Coalition and the Center for Creative Voices in Media filed a brief at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals today, showing that the Federal Communications Commission?s new indecency policy has a chilling effect on creativity and expression and deprives the public of access to protected speech.
There’s been some buzz around FCC Chairman Kevin Martin’s public backing of the XM-Sirius satellite radio merger, but we at FMC think that terrestrial radio is still worth making noise about. read more
WASHINGTON, DC – Future of Music Coalition — whose 2002 examination of radio station ownership consolidation Radio Deregulation: Has It Served Citizens and Musicians? has been cited as essential evidence by FCC Commissioners and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals — has released a new publication that provides an overview of payola in the radio industry. Released in collaboration with the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), Change That Tune: A Payola Education Guide for Musicians and Citizens makes the case that little has changed since the FCC enacted voluntary agreements between radio groups and major labels in April 2007.
In its reply comments, FMC highlights concrete ways for stations to make localism a priority, and urges the FCC to take definite steps to collect playlist data so it can track and analyze playlists in order to ensure that stations fulfill their public interest obligations. For the past four years, FMC has articulated a four-part “Fixing Radio” agenda. This agenda is focused on specific, tangible and commonsense policies that will greatly enhance the role that terrestrial radio can and should play in our society and culture.
A Payola Education Guide for Musicians and Citizens
Adam Marcus for FMC and A2IM
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Change That Tune looks at the history of payola, the development of the “indie promoter” system, the investigations by the New York State Attorney General and the FCC from 2003-2007, and the contents of the “Rules of Engagement” signed by the four largest radio companies to provide context of what it means for musicians and independent labels, and how artists are interacting with radio in the 21st century. read more
On June 11, 2008, FMC filed reply comments in the FCC’s ongoing localism docket (04-233). FMC’s comments offered highly targeted proposals designed to aid stations’ service to their local communities. FMC also urged the FCC to take definite steps to track and analyze playlists in order to fulfill their public interest obligations. read more