Stomping the concerns of net neutrality advocates who want to maintain an internet that facilitates an even flow of information without barriers based on location or pay scales, the Federal Communications Commission voted by a three-two margin to implement a new plan that will allow internet and cable service providers to charge customers more for higher speed and resolution.
The FCC by stepped bipartisan opposition as well as the music community. Last month, Eddie Vedder, Michael Stipe, and Tom Morello joined many other artists in signing an open letter to the commission protesting the change. But protests by musical advocacy groups such as the Future of Music Coalition and Free Press have been applied in vain.
The statement, “The next 120 days are going to be big,” tweeted by the Future of Music Coalition portends an ongoing fight against e-stratification.