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A2IM issues Letter in support of FCC Authority on Net Neutrality

Posted in News by A2IM

The issue of Net Neutrality access is and will be an issue for Independent music creators as we have discussed numerous times in the past. The FCC support of Net Neutrality has been challenged In Congress so last week A2IM wrote to Senate Leaders in support of FCC jurisdiction and the FCC’s pro-Net Neutrality stance.


A2IM’s Filing on Net Neutrality

Posted in Advocacy, News by A2IM

A2IM filed letters this week with the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Intellectual Property subcommittee and the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce subcommittee on Communications and Technology in support of Net Neutrality in advance of hearings that were held this week.

Net Neutrality, as you know is a prime issue for A2IM members as it relates to all creators getting unfettered internet access for commerce and promotion and we support the FCC as having jurisdiction on this issue. A portion of our comments were included in Congress’ public record. (Link below).


A2IM submits comments to the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) on Net Neutrality

Posted in Advocacy by A2IM

In March 2010 A2IM filed comments with the FCC related to Net Neutrality, perhaps the biggest issue facing our community. Our statement highlighted the unique economic needs of the independent music community and the need to balance access versus the need to eliminate illegal acquisition of music.

In August Google and Verizon issued a joint statement which proposed two exceptions from net neutrality, the first related to “specialized services” that would be delivered via a separate internet pipe/service and the second related to mobile wireless internet access.

On October 12th A2IM filed revised comments in response to the Google/Verizon proposed exceptions noting that “we fear that the creation of these two exceptions from net neutrality could cause entrepreneurs and innovators, among which independent music labels must be counted, and the technology services that provide distribution services to our music label members to be foreclosed from competitive internet access, either by being priced out of the most desirable delivery mechanisms or by being squeezed out due to a drain on capacity in a “public pipe.”

We continued to note that “Independent music labels must have the ability to participate in a legitimate digital music marketplace as it continues its evolution. Yet the combination of these two net neutrality exceptions could result in new barriers and an anticompetitive situation for our music label members in terms of reaching consumers for the promotion of both music and commerce. Furthermore, the marketplace itself would be injured by not being able to benefit from the innovations that will ultimately help it reach its full commercial and cultural potential, with vital and ongoing contributions from our community of creators and innovators.”

Below is our A2IM filing with the FCC.

We seek your feedback and any questions you may have about Net Neutrality or the A2IM statement.

FCC link here


Music Community Letter To Google: Seeking A Distinction Between Legal & Illegal Content

Posted in Advocacy by A2IM

In a letter dated August 18 to Google’s chairman, A2IM joined our fellow music creator community members commending Google and Verizon for spurring dialog about the important issue of maintaining an open Internet, but stated clearly our hope that we can look forward to their support for greater distinction between lawful and unlawful content in future conversations with the FCC, congress and other stakeholders. The letter underscores the value that music brings as a driver for broadband adoption and related applications and articulates that current legal and regulatory efforts are not working for our community as our businesses are being undermined, as are the hopes and dreams of artists. To read the full letter, click HERE.


Verizon-Google: A Point-By-Point Analysis by Future of Music Coalition.

Posted in Advocacy, Member Services by A2IM

Our friends at the Future of Music Coalition have written a point-by-point analysis of the Verizon-Google proposal that we think A2IM members might find informative.

On Monday, August 9, 2010, Verizon and Google released a joint proposal for a legislative framework for broadband internet service. Although the proposal has no legal effect on its own, it is important to understand because it could serve as a model for future legislation or FCC rulemaking. We weighed in yesterday via a short media statement, which you can read here.

Over the past 24 hours, we realized there was a need to go through the proposal point-by-point and examine how the agreement might impact independent musicians and other creators, were it to be adopted as public policy.



A2IM Statement & Filing With The FCC On Net Neutrality

Posted in Advocacy, Press Releases by A2IM

Perhaps the biggest issue facing the music industry is Net Neutrality.

A2IM has been surveying our members to bring our position into focus and yesterday we filed a statement with the FCC supporting Net Neutrality. Our statement highlights the unique economic needs of the independent music community and the need to balance access versus the need to eliminate illegal acquisition of music.

Below is our press release about the A2IM filing and the actual statement to the FCC.

We seek your feedback and any questions you may have about Net Neutrality or the A2IM statement.

Best regards,