WASHINGTON, DC—Today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler revealed the Federal Communications Commission’s approach to preserving an open and accessible Internet. The proposed Order would prohibit Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from discriminating against lawful online content. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made the case for the new rules in an Op-Ed in Wired. read more
WASHINGTON, DC—This week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to circulate his plans to preserve an open Internet where musicians, composers and other content creators can reach audiences without discrimination or interference from a handful of powerful Internet Service Providers.
According to news reports, the proposed rules include reclassification of broadband as a “telecommunications service”—a move that provides for sounder footing to protect content creators and consumers. The FCC will vote on these rules at its February 26, 2015 Open Meeting.
The following statement is attributed to Casey Rae, CEO of Music Coalition (FMC), a national non-profit research, education and advocacy organization for musicians and composers: read more
Here at FMC, we are always happy to shine light on principled positions taken by policymakers. To that end, we recognize Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL), who today issued a strong statement in support of net neutrality. Even cooler, he talked about why net neutrality is so crucial to musicians and independent labels: “an open and fair Internet guarantees that independent bands can get to their audiences at the same speeds as those on major labels,” says the congressman. And in the second paragraph, no less!
We also appreciate that Rep. Murphy is in favor of reclassifying broadband internet service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which would provide the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with the light-touch tools it needs to ensure that the Internet works for everyone, and not just a handful of powerful Internet Service Providers like Comcast and Verizon.
From all of us at FMC and the broader music community, we say thanks for taking a stand. Let’s just hope the FCC is listening. The congressman’s full statement is below.
On Wednesday, January 7, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler made news by hinting that upcoming net neutrality rules would be stronger (and more legally grounded) than previous proposals.
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, President Barack Obama underscored his support for an open, and accessible Internet based in free expression and entrepreneurship by calling for the FCC to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service.
The following statement is attributed to Casey Rae, VP for Policy and Education at Music Coalition (FMC), a national non-profit research, education and advocacy organization for musicians:
“The president hit the nail on the head in supporting light-touch rules using the bedrock principle of ‘common carriage.’ This is part of a longstanding American tradition in communications policy that enables both free expression and economic growth. read more
If FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is floating the idea of a hybrid Title II/Sec. 706 network neutrality regime to gauge the reaction from Title II fans and foes, he was getting it Friday. Neither side seemed happy with that alternative.
“We appreciate the effort the FCC has put into devising new rules to preserve an open Internet for content creators and innovators,” said the Future of Music Coalition. “However, net neutrality advocates care less about how slick the rules are, and more about whether they’ll stand up in court. “Because last time they didn’t….We don’t want clever net neutrality. We want real net neutrality.”
The Federal Communications Commission could have used an Internet “fast lane” on Tuesday as a flood of net neutrality comments caused its website to sputter and forced the agency to extend its deadline for accepting public input on its controversial plan.
“We music people know payola when we see it, and what we see in Chairman Wheeler’s proposal doesn’t give us any confidence that we won’t end up with an Internet where pay-by-play rules the day,” the consortium of musicians wrote. “We’ve heard this song before, and we’re frankly pretty tired of it.