THIS week, it seems, has brought us closer to the end of net neutrality, with the FCC getting closer to approving a pay-to-play “fast lane.” The fear among purveyors and enthusiasts of indie culture is that there will be a tiered Internet, one for wealthy corporations and a slow one for the rest. Enormous power would go to broadband companies.
It’s still unclear where this is all going, but one important group — Future of Music Coalition — has released a letter to the FCC chair urging a return to the open Internet and arguing that “the FCC is now proposing rules that would kill — rather than protect — Net Neutrality and allow rampant discrimination online.” The letter continues: read more
Abby Martin talks about the Army’s review of Chelsea Manning’s request for gender reassignment surgery and her potential transfer from a military to civilian prison, where there are much more threats to her safety. Cody Snell reports on the demonstrations at the FCC over the recent ruling that erodes Net Neutrality. Casey Rae, director of Future of Music Coalition talks about what a post-neutral internet would look like to independent artists and musicians. We revisit the case of Ibragim Todashev, an associate of the Tsarnaev brothers, and the fact that the identity of the FBI agent who executed Todashev has finally been revealed - a sociopathic ex-Oakland police officer with a tarnished history of unlawful beatings and arrests.
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday took the first step in a net neutrality plan that could make it harder to access Netflix, Facebook and YouTube, or guarantee your access to those websites under certain circumstances.
Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is having a tough week. With the clock counting down to a crucial vote on his controversial net neutrality plan, Wheeler is scrambling to rally support. But he’s having difficulty finding any.
Pity poor FCC chairman Tom Wheeler. Not only does he have some corporate heavyweights such as Verizon and Cisco opposing net neutrality and others such as Google and Microsoft supporting it, he now has another group voicing its concerns: rockers, poets, actors, and other members of “the creative community.”
“The open Internet’s impact on the creative community cannot be overstated,” a group of 60 such worthies wrote in an open letter to Wheeler on Tuesday. “The Internet has enabled artists to connect directly with each other and with audiences.”
A barrage of high-profile artists have joined forces to present a unified voice in defense of net neutrality, issuing a statement in advance of the May 15th vote at the Federal Communications Commission. The proposal aims to open the floodgates of tiered access and restricted dissemination online, driven by the likes of Comcast and Time Warner Cable to jack up fees from websites for faster download speeds.
Actor Mark Ruffalo, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe and a host of other musicians and artists want the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to back off his plans to allow “fast lanes” on the Internet.
“The open Internet’s impact on the creative community cannot be overstated,” the artists wrote in a letter to Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday.
In a letter sent Tuesday to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, dozens of musicians and artists — including Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe — urged him to abandon a plan he’d proposed a month earlier for new federal regulations aimed at restoring net neutrality.
Dozens of stars have signed a letter urging FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to “protect the Internet as a vehicle for free expression.”
More than 50 stars have signed a letter to FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler calling his proposed changes to net neutrality a threat to artistic freedom.
“The open Internet has powered the creative community’s pursuits and offerings in the 21st century,” reads the letter. “As members of this community, we urge the Federal Communications Commission to protect the open Internet as a vehicle for free expression and collaboration.”
One thing the Federal Communications Commission chairman, Tom Wheeler, seems to have overlooked in his widely loathed proposal for a net neutrality overhaul is that if the Internet has a fast lane, it must, necessarily, have a slow lane.