Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Iowa Music NEEDS Net Neutrality - and So Does Iowa Music Showcase!

If you haven't been paying attention - or missed all the posts I've been putting up on social media - we are about to lose net neutrality, the rule that says all information and sites on the net have to be treated equally.

Without net neutrality, some sites could be paid to load and play faster than other sites.

And that means, those of us without any money, like most Iowa music acts and this website, would be stuck in the slow lane.

It also means that schools, small businesses, activist groups, and other groups with little funds who have trouble connecting and reaching the masses and other sites.

The only winners out of this would be internet providers, large businesses that could afford the fast lane, and people with money who can afford to spend it on a faster internet. The rest of us would have to take what we could get.



But it hasn't happened yet! And if you would like to prevent it from happening, please add your name to the petitions below -

Change.org - https://www.change.org/p/save-net-neutrality-netneutrality

White House petition - https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/do-not-repeal-net-neutrality

Battle for the Net - https://www.battleforthenet.com/

MoveOn.org - https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-the-fcc-restore

ACLU - https://action.aclu.org/secure/FCC_preserve_net_neutrality

Save the Internet - https://www.savetheinternet.com/sti-home

Every Library - http://action.everylibrary.org/netneutrality



You can also email the members of the FCC and tell them how you feel about net neutrality -

•Ajit Pai, Chairman - Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov

•Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner - Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

•Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner - Mike.O‘Rielly@fcc.gov

•Brendan Carr, Commissioner - Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov

•Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner - Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov



Also contact Senators Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst and your congresssional representative -

Sen. Charles Grassley - https://www.grassley.senate.gov/constituent

Sen Joni Ernst - 
https://www.ernst.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-joni

Rod Blum (R) - District 1 - https://blum.house.gov/contact/email

David Loebsack (D) - District 2 - https://loebsack.house.gov/forms/writeyourrep/

David Young (R) - District 3 - https://davidyoung.house.gov/contact

Steve King (R) - District 4 - http://steveking.house.gov/contact

Or use the ResistBot - Text "RESIST" to 50409


To read more about how ending net neutrality will affect the music scene -

From Rolling Stone - Net Neutrality: How a Repeal Could Kill the Careers of Indie Musicians -
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/net-neutrality-how-a-repeal-could-kill-artists-careers-w513787

From Digital Music News - Goodbye, Net Neutrality? What This Could Mean For the Music Industry -
https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2017/11/20/fcc-net-neutrality-music-industry/

From Watt.CashMusic.org - NO INTERNET, NO MUSIC: WHY MUSICIANS NEED TO CARE ABOUT NET NEUTRALITY -
https://watt.cashmusic.org/writing/nointernetnomusic

From Medium.com - If the web loses net neutrality, independent musicians will lose their careers -
https://medium.com/cash-music/if-the-web-loses-net-neutrality-independent-musicians-will-lose-their-careers-d8226f9f2e3a

From WMOT Radio's website - NOT NEUTRAL: Anger, Activism Roil Indie Music Before Net Neutrality Vote -
http://wmot.org/post/not-neutral-anger-activism-roil-indie-music-net-neutrality-vote#stream/0

From Mashable -Here's what your favorite band thinks about killing net neutrality -
http://mashable.com/2017/12/07/musicians-tell-congress-killing-net-neutrality-threatens-art/#QAa2i_Tiemqb

From Future of Music Coalition - Rock the Net: Musicians for Net Neutrality -
https://futureofmusic.org/issues/campaigns/rock-net-musicians-net-neutrality

From Variety - Hundreds of Musicians — From R.E.M. to Turnip King — Sign Statement Defending Net Neutrality -
http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/hundreds-of-musicians-from-r-e-m-to-turnip-king-sign-statement-defending-net-neutrality-1202638012/

From Track Record - What The End of Net Neutrality Means For Music Fans -
http://trackrecord.net/what-the-end-of-net-neutrality-means-for-music-fans-1821231437

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