Net Neutrality: Rock The Net

A Message from Noise Pop… Musicians, labels, fans: join us in this fight to preserve an open and equal Internet.

Noise Pop is working with the Future of Music Coalition to raise awareness of and support for an issue that becomes more and more worrisome to artists and labels each passing day: Network Neutrality. You may have never heard of it yet but this is an issue that will fundamentally affect the way you receive information as well as your ability to reach your fans online.

Net Neutrality is the guiding principle that preserves the free and open Internet. It prevents the companies that control the wires from discriminating against content based on who owns it. In other words, it helps to ensure that small blogs can be accessed just as easily as sites owned by large media companies.

It may seem like a fairly abstract concept today, but with the $86 billion (yes, billion) merger of AT&T and Bell South that the FCC approved last month, it becomes more and more of a reality. As a matter of fact, AT&T chairman Ed Whitacre has already stated publicly that he’d like companies to pay for the use of their “pipes.”

As you are well aware, the Internet has given artists the unprecedented ability to communicate with fans on a one-to-one basis. Imagine, all of a sudden, an internet where MTV.com runs 50 times faster than Pitchfork. Where CD Baby goes out of business because they can no longer afford to compete with the likes of Amazon or Best Buy. Or even worse, corporate giants cutting deals with internet providers so that independent artists, labels, and news sites are completely cut out of the picture.

We are striving to maintain Net Neutrality so that the internet does not go the way of commercial radio: big corporations with deep resources and even deeper pockets working with telecommunications giants to decide what websites get viewed when and how quickly.

So what do we want from you? Our goal is to demonstrate that net neutrality is an issue that the music community is passionate about. We are doing this by compiling a list of artists who are expressing concerned about the issues. OK Go, Death Cab For Cutie, The Donnas, The Wrens, R.E.M., Kathleen Hanna, Ted Leo, Rogue Wave and Calexico already signed on. We hope that you will allow us to add you to the list of supporters. We must band together and show Congress that we understand what is at stake and that we are paying attention.

You can add your name to the growing list of artists in support of Net Neutrality by visiting: http://futureofmusic.org/rockthenet/createaccount.cfm

Fans sign the petition here:

http://futureofmusic.org/rockthenet/join.cfm

If you have any questions or want more information, please email

chris@noisepop.com

Thanks, Noise Pop

2 Comments

  1. On the contrary, net neutrality will stifle innovation and make it more difficult for artists to reach fans because the big content providing corporations will be clogging up the net. Net neutrality is a made up term to scare unknowing citizens into thinking the internet is doomed. The net has flourished because the government’s hand hasn’t been meddling. Net neutrality means more regulation, which means less incentive to innovate.

    I work with Hands Off the Internet, a coalition opposing net neutrality in the name of increased competition. You can check out our website for more information or these two resources. I highly recommend looking at both sides of the issue.

    http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2007/03/is_a_neutral_ne.php

  2. Why isn’t there any talk of the internet radio? Sure, Net Neutrality is incredibly important — more important — but this internet radio shutdown is pretty huge. It’s a definitely a threat to independant artists.

    Still, some people feel like radio will live on in “untraceable” ways. As Shelly Palmer (astutely) points out on Media 3.0, they could just go underground, and publish an RSS feed of a playlists, with links to all the songs:
    http://advancedmediacommittee.typepad.com/emmyadvancedmedia/2007/03/what_is_interne.html

    But, I would love to see these artists add this issue to their agenda.

    – Jake

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