Michael Stipe, Against Me!, Amanda Palmer & more artists co-sign open letter in support of Net Neutrality
Michael Stipe, Amanda Palmer, Against Me!, Graham Nash, Talib Kweli, Priests, Diet Cig, Downtown Boys, Speedy Ortiz, and Anti-Flag are among the many artists to have cosigned an open letter in support of the FCC’s current Net Neutrality that prohibits internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use. Net Neutrality is currently in jeopardy, as Trump’s FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, has proposed an end to it, with a vote held by FCC members on December 14 on whether to repeal the policy. There are nationwide protests happening on December 7. Here’s the open letter:
To: U.S. Congress:
The medium that allows us to be great artists is under threat. Without a free and open internet, so much music, writing, film, art, culture, passion, and creativity would be lost.
For the artists of the future, and the culture of the future, we will not be silent.
Title II guarantees net neutrality and prevents powerful telecom giants like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon from deciding what art, as well as what news, is easily accessible online.
If the FCC votes to gut these protections it will explicitly allow Internet providers to charge extra fees that amount to a tax on the entire creative economy. A few corporations will have control over what you see and hear, while independent and up-and-coming artists’ ability to make a living will be devastated.
Without net neutrality there will be less awesome art. Period.
The open Internet lets artists reach each other and audiences across the world in unprecedented ways. We are able to collaborate, learn, improve our worlds, participate in our society, and bring the things we love to people who are moved by them.
Freedom of speech and freedom of expression are guaranteed by our constitution, and we demand that such freedoms continue online. Net Neutrality is essential to our democracy.
We support the people from across the political spectrum protesting across the country on December 7, and we echo their call for our members of Congress to do their jobs and take action to stop the FCC vote that’s planned for December 14.
By fighting for net neutrality, you fight for the future of art.
More information on Net Neutrality is here and you can see the full list of signees, along with a Last Week Tonight segment on Net Neutrality, below.
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Open letter from artists: we support net neutrality protests and call on Congress to #StopTheFCC signees:
Adam Venable / Obeah
Cory Doctorow, author
Darla Jean Patterson
Doug Appling pka Emancipator
Eva Mozena Brandon
Joshua T. Bell
Kevin D. Williams
Mark Anthony Ramirez
Matthew Ismael Ruiz
Michael Austin Smalley
Michael Stipe, artist/musician
Peter Michael Marino
Summer Dawn Reyes
The Glitch Mob
TJ Del Reno
Trackstar the DJ