Washington, DC (July 8, 2008)–Future of Music Coalition (FMC) and Thirsty Ear Recordings are previewing the Rock the Net: Musicians for Net Neutrality compilation CD online. Rock the Net is a nationwide coalition of musicians and labels that support network neutrality.
Network neutrality–or Net Neutrality–is the principle that preserves a free and open internet and ensures that all users can access the content or run the applications and devices of their choice. Certain telecommunications and cable companies would like to charge content providers higher fees for faster delivery of their sites. FMC’s Rock the Net campaign was established in April 2007 to increase musician awareness about the importance of net neutrality, and to lobby lawmakers.
The Rock the Net: Musicians for Net Neutrality CD will be available in stores on July 29. It features 15 tracks, from Wilco, Bright Eyes, They Might Be Giants, Portastatic, Aimee Mann, Guster, Matthew Shipp, Palomar, The Wrens, DJ Spooky, BC Camplight, David Bazan, David Miller, Free Form Funky Freqs and The Classic Brown. The songs are now available for preview–and purchase through the Fizzkicks online store–at the FMC’s web site.
Earlier this year, OK Go’s Damian Kulash delivered testimony before members of the House Judiciary Committee, including Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich). Kulash, fellow OK Go member Andy Ross and FMC representatives also met with Rep. Ed Markey to further discuss the importance of Net Neutrality to musicians and fans. Markey later joined with Rep. Chip Pickering (R-Miss.) to introduce the Internet Freedom Preservation Act (HR 5353), which would firmly re-establish crucial consumer protections in the Communications Act to ensure the internet is open and free from discrimination.
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