Within the music industry, the response is rather muted. Representatives of independent and unsigned artists want Net Neutrality in place to ensure up and coming artists have just as much access to the Internet as superstar artists backed by major labels. The RIAA supports Net Neutrality so long as the rules don’t prohibit ISPs from taking action against pirated content (should they choose to do so).
By no means is this the end of the issue. A court challenge is almost inevitable, and there’s buzz that congressional republicans may use their newfound majority to introduce legislation in the new term that could overturn the FCC’s action.
Net Neutrality Reactions:
Although the FCC’s Order seemingly falls short of offering full protections, it does provide a framework in which those who depend on access and innovation — including musicians and music entrepreneurs — can pursue their goals in a legitimate digital music marketplace. If provisions to preserve the open internet are to be meaningful, however, they must be coupled with steadfast enforcement as well as an unambiguous application to the wireless space.
- Casey Rae-Hunter, Communications Director and Policy Strategist for the Future of Music Coalition