We thank Chairman Wheeler and the Commissioners for voting to implement aggressive Net Neutrality rules applying to lawful content, including reclassifying broadband traffic as a Title II utility to prohibit providers from favoring content distributed by the largest companies with the deepest pockets. Of all the technological developments in recent history, the Internet represents the most potent platform for entrepreneurship the Independent music business community has ever seen. The result of today’s vote to adopt new net neutrality rules means that Independents will continue to have fair access to the online marketplace. These safeguards are critical to the Independent music industry’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that depend on the distribution and monetization of intellectual property.
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