Check out this article at Ars Technica about FMC's comments tool that helps musicians and fans tell the FCC how they use the open internet. Besides saying nice things about the tool itself (and noticing that it's not designed to elicit stock, form letter-style answers), the piece quotes R.E.M.'s testimony, which is all about how the open internet makes practically every aspect of communicating with fans easier and cheaper.
Reporter Nate Anderson reserves particular praise for Erin McKeown's submission. "The great virtue of McKeown's three-page comment," Anderson writes, "is the passion that infuses it; this is a working musician who plays 200 gigs a year and is absolutely dependent on the Internet to power her career."
But the real reason we created the comments tool is so YOU can share your own viewpoints with the FCC in their Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Preserving an Open Internet. The deadline is Jan 14 (tomorrow!) so, if you wanna be part of the official record, you should get cracking.
Last Saturday, FMC had a blast at “Hope for Home,” a benefit house party for Sweet Home New Orleans and Al “Carnival Time” Johnson. In attendance was Mike Mills of R.E.M., who performed both with Al and in an opening set of his own.
Check out some photos By Caroline “Puck” Deutermann.
Joining Mike onstage for part of his set was none other than FMC Executive Director Jenny Toomey. Her backing vocals were lovely, particularly on the R.E.M. classic “Don‘t Go Back to Rockville,” which is now stuck in our collective heads. read more
Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and musician Ted Leo helped launch Tuesday (March 27) "Rock the Net," a new nationwide campaign that aims to sign up artists, music labels, and fans from coast to coast in support of net neutrality. read more