You’ve probably used the internet several times this holiday season to find that perfect gift for that certain someone on your list. Actually, Santa Claus himself is probably on Etsy right now looking for a handmade nose warmer for Rudolph.
But what does the internet want at this, the most wonderful time of the year?
WASHINGTON, DC—Today (December 1, 2010), FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced an agenda for a December 21, 2010 meeting in which the commission will consider an “Open Internet Order” to preserve the internet as an engine for innovation, entrepreneurship and free expression.
The following statement is attributed to Casey Rae-Hunter, Communications Director and Policy Strategist for Future of Music Coalition (FMC), a national non-profit research, education and advocacy organization for musicians that supports the open internet via its artist-driven Rock the Net campaign. read more
Here’s the good news: more and more people are recognizing that the open internet is crucial to everything from innovation to free speech. Musicians and independent labels depend on net neutrality too — it’s what lets them compete on a level technological playing field with the biggest companies. read more
Washington, DC—Some of the biggest names in music have joined the Writers Guild of America, East in urging the White House and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to act immediately to preserve the open internet for the benefit of musicians and other creative entrepreneurs. The diverse list of musicians include Jackson Browne, R.E.M. the Roots, Rosanne Cash, OK Go,
Moby, Bonnie Raitt and Jamie Kitman, (manager, OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Doughty and Mike Viola).
Net neutrality — the principle that preserves an open internet — lets musicians and independent labels compete in a legitimate digital music marketplace alongside the biggest companies. read more
Lately, the FCC has found itself in a tricky position with regards to two of its biggest goals: getting broadband internet to more Americans and ensuring the web remains an open platform for all users. read more
It was a cuh-rayzee week for the internet, but things are looking up.
You may recall a couple of our earlierposts where we explained how an April 2010 court decision threw the FCC’s ability to protect the open internet into serious doubt. We’re not gonna get into the whole legal to-do, but suffice it to say, there were some questions about how the Commission might move forward. 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.
This year’s Future of Music Summit, held from Sunday to Tuesday in Washington, D.C., had its usual mix of intelligence and meaningful discourse.
The appearance of Senator Al Franken, who once drew a map of the lower 48 in under two minutes on Letterman, seemed to have piqued reporters’ interest in the annual event and received the most media coverage. But other speakers and topics received coverage as well, and here are some places you can go to read and hear what was said.
If you missed the conference, you may have caught its webcast from the Future of Music Web site. Even busy people who only occasionally tuned into the webcast were treated to great commentary from political and business leaders.
Washington, D.C.— From fascinating keynotes by Senator Al Franken and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to special conversations between artists, managers, journalists and policymakers, the eighth Future of Music Policy Summit illuminated key issues in music, media and public policy, while offering practical advice to musicians seeking to learn new ways to amplify and sustain their careers. Nearly five hundred people attended the three-day event, and nearly 9,000 more watched the live interactive webcast. read more
Later in his Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit speech, which you can download in its entirety over at FCC.gov, Genachowski talked about Merge Records? ability, thanks to the Internet, to make top acts out of artists like Arcade Fire and Spoon with very little help of terrestrial radio play. ?I want to salute the many artists who have already signed up to publicly lend their voice in support of Net Neutrality ? including artists from R.E.M., Pearl Jam, OK Go, Wilco, and many, many more,? he said in closing. read more