R.E.M. and Net Neutrality
It's hard to make net neutrality sexy. Sure, it affects everyone -- will access to the Internet remain free or will companies be allowed to erect toll booths for entry? It's important stuff and the minute that the 'Net no longer is free, and users wonder why their favorite Web page is loading slowly and it's because it hasn't paid a fee to the Internet service provider for faster access, boy howdy, will people start to care.
But right now, when such a scenario seems vague and far away, and people actually are using phrases like "net neutrality" in Congress, then zzzzzz.....
So to get folks riled up about the issue, the Future of Music Coalition -- an advocacy group of musicians that fought radio consolidation -- is assembling a lineup of name bands, such as R.E.M. and Death Cab for Cutie, to join the fight to keep the net neutral.
The group will join net neutrality advocate Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) for a teleconference today to kick off the campaign, which is called "Rock the Net ." The campaign will include a petition and a series of concerts. The coalition fears that if companies are allowed to charge for faster access to the Internet, it will hurt the ability of musicians to get their music out to their fans, especially small, indie bands.
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