Part two of a series by Policy Fellow Rachel Allen
We all know what it’s like to be stuck in traffic at rush hour. We may remember a time when there were less cars on the road, and you could count on getting to where you want to go. But now there are more cars than ever and only a few lanes to travel on. What’s worse is, the tolls for getting on this highway keep going up and up. read more
Today’s post was co-authored by FMC Google Policy Intern Alexandra Wood.
On July 14, Future of Music Coalition submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission regarding the legal framework it uses to support its broadband policy. The FCC opened this Notice of Inquiry after the April court decision in Comcast v. FCC undermined the Commission’s ability to enforce open internet rules and bring broadband internet access to rural communities. We know that all sounds ridiculously wonky, so let us break it down for you. 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
Groups such as the Future of Music Coalition, an organization advocating on behalf of musicians, believes a web that isn’t net neutral will end up hurting independent artists and impede the development of the internet. “Artists need access to this platform. It’s how they relate to their fans,” said Casey Rae-Hunter, FMC Communications Director in a recent interview. “We knew if the platform was open we would see innovation.” Hunter points to the success of indie rock bands like Okay Go, who have used the web to cultivate a loyal fan base. Music sites like Pandora are examples of what can occur when artists and innovators are given the chance to compete on a level playing field.
Without the reassurance that a robust regulator is preventing service providers from steering or otherwise interfering with web traffic, people like Hunter fear the Internet may tend towards favoring major label artists and ultimately marginalizing indie acts.
“(Maybe) Lady Gaga could cut a deal with an ISP but I can’t,” said Hunter, also a working musician. read more
Across town, another DC-based group, the Future of Music Coalition, was ready to engage. “Everyone is trying to figure out what the next steps are,” Casey Rae-Hunter,
Communications Director at the Coalition told Digital Music News.
Suddenly the debate is more energized, and according to Rae-Hunter, issues like Congressional involvement and aspects of the Administration-backed National Broadband Plan are getting greater attention. “This ramps up a very spirited and interesting debate,” the director shared. read more
Future of Music Coalition’s Casey Rae-Hunter talking about the April 6, 2010 US Court of Appeals District of Columbia decision in Comcast v. FCC, which impacts the FCC’s ability to preserve the open internet and pursue many aspects of the National Broadband Plan.
Yesterday, we examined the April 6, 2010 decision at the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which basically stated that the FCC has no authority to compel internet service providers to do… well, a lot. The case was based on a August 2008 FCC order against Comcast, in which the Commission told the company to stop messing with BitTorrent traffic. read more
In what many are calling a setback for FCC efforts to preserve an open internet and expand broadband service to more Americans, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the Commission did not have the authority to issue its August 2008 order against Comcast, which reprimanded the cable giant for interrupting internet traffic delivered via BitTorrent technology. read more