Some of the biggest names in music and the Writers Guild of America, East are urging the White House and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to act immediately to secure Net Neutrality and protect the future of music. The diverse list of musicians include: Jackson Browne, R.E.M. the Roots, Rosanne Cash, OK Go, Moby, Bonnie Raitt and Jamie Kitman, the manager of OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Doughty, and Mike Viola. read more
Many of the biggest names in music have joined with the Writers Guild of America East to urge the White House and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to act immediately to secure Net Neutrality and protect the future of music. The diverse list of musicians include; Jackson Browne, R.E.M. the Roots, Rosanne Cash, OK Go, Moby, Bonnie Raitt and Jamie Kitman, the manager of OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Doughty, and Mike Viola. read more
R.E.M., JACKSONBROWNE and MOBY have joined forces in an effort to halt a corporate takeover of the Internet by big telecommunications firms like Verizon and Google.
The three acts, the Roots, Bonnie Raitt and Rosanne Cash are among the musicians and writers urging America’s Federal Communications Commission officials to “act immediately to secure Net neutrality and a free and open Internet and protect the future of music.”
Move over, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson: FMC has created a movie trilogy that will dazzle the senses, uplift the human spirit, and maybe even win an Oscar or two. After a grueling 72 day shoot, we are proud to announce the world premiere of a new series of videos briefly explaining policy issues that impact musicians. And, unlike the Harry Potter movies, you don't even have to watch them in order.
In the first video, FMC Communications Director Casey Rae-Hunter discusses a topic that you may have come across in your RSS reader lately: net neutrality.
Net neutrality is the principle that protects the open internet. Without it, the web could change dramatically, and probably for the worst. If you're a musician who depends on the internet to promote your music, sell merch, book tours, interact with fans – and who isn't? — you should definitely familiarize yourself with the issue. This video will give you the basics on net neutrality and how it relates to musicians and fans. If you don’t have much time, don’t worry — it’s under four minutes. read more
The Future of Music Coalition is collecting network neutrality shout-outs from musicians, including R.E.M., Pearl Jam and Dead Prez among others, on a new Web site, http://futureofmusic.org/fccopeninternet.
The group has long supported codifying network neutrality principles (it launched Rock the Net in 2007). The FCC’s Democratic majority is proposing to do just that in a proposed rulemaking launched in October.
The Future of Music Coalition has a small boatload of classy crossover music groups sending letters to the Federal Communications Commission in support of tougher net neutrality rules. They include R.E.M., the woodwind quintet Imani Winds, and the Kronos Quartet.
Future of Music has a whole web page dedicated to helping musicians file comments with the agency on the issue. The guide comes complete with the do?s and don?ts of FCC feedback. ?Comments like ?Comcast sux!? may be funny but are not helpful in the FCC crafting better policy, so try to make your critiques productive,? FOM warns. read more
The Future of Music Coalition is collecting network neutrality shout-outs from musicians, including R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Dead Presidents, and others on a new Web site.The group has long supported codifying network neutrality principles ( it launched Rock the Net in 2007). The FCC’s Democratic majority is proposing to do just that in a proposed rulemaking launched in October. read more
"Behind the Policy Summit" series, we're very excited to introduce not one, but two speakers with whom you're probably already familiar. But let's talk about 'em anyway!
The Senate's newest member, Al Franken(D-MN) is on board for the Future of Music Policy Summit (Oct. 4-6, Georgetown University, Washington, DC). Senator Franken will deliver a keynote about one of our favorite topics, net neutrality. We've seen the Senator in action in some of his earlier committee hearings (he actually brought up net neutrality during Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor's confirmation process), and we're very much looking forward to his comments about preserving the open internet. read more
Anyone who has had to "interface" with the FCC's website can probably tell you that it's not exactly user-friendly. We've heard that there's an overhaul on the way, which we await with baited breath. In the meantime, the federal agency responsible for regulating media and telecommunications is dipping its toes into the wild world of social media -- namely, Twitter and the blogosphere. (Do the kids still call it that?)
First up is the FCC's new blog about their efforts towards a National Broadband Plan, cleverly called BlogBand. (Hey, this blog is called FutureBlog, so we're not about to poke fun.) Here's the skinny straight from the Commission: read more
On July 15, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing for Federal Communication Commission (FCC) nominees Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Atwell Baker. President Obama nominated Clyburn and Baker to fill two vacant FCC Commissioner positions. The FCC has five Commissioners, only three of which can be from the same political party; the party of the current administration constitutes the majority. Clyburn, a Democrat, and Baker, a Republican, will be replacing outgoing Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Debi Tate, respectively. (Later in the week, the Senate confirmed Clyburn and Atwell.)