Net neutrality off plate at FCC meeting, but musicians bring out the waffles
The Federal Communications Commission is meeting right now, and net neutrality isn't on the agenda.
But don't tell that to R.E.M, Bonny Raitt, Moby or the public interest group Free Press.
Musicians are asking fans on Twitter, Facebook and fan sites to tell FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to proceed with an order on how Internet service providers treat content on their networks. Those musicians, with Free Press, MoveOn.org Political Action and Future of Music Coalition, launched the campaign as the agency takes comments until early November on a net neutrality rule.
And to get the attention of communications regulators, Free Press volunteers and staff passed out waffles in front of the agency Thursday ahead its monthly meeting. The message to Genachowski was not to "waffle" on his net neutrality promises. They want a rule that would require broadband service providers -- including mobile service firms -- to treat all content equally on their networks. They also don't want carve-outs that would allow for paid priority for some channels and services on networks.
top photo: Michael Stipe, R.E.M.
bottom photo: Free Press waffle campaign
credit: Free Press
| September 23, 2010; 12:32 PM ET
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