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FMC Congratulates Gigi Sohn on FCC Appointment; Salutes Service to Public Interest

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:34:02 +0000

November 4, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, it was announced that Gigi Sohn, President and CEO of Public Knowledge as well as one of the organization’s three co-founders, is stepping down from her post to take on the role of Special Counsel for External Affairs in the Office of newly-appointed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Wheeler.

The following statement is attributed to Casey Rae, Interim Executive Director of Future of Music Coalition (FMC), a national non-profit research, education and advocacy organization for musicians.

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We’ve Only Just Begun, Part II: Spectrum and the Future of the Internet

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 15:58:07 +0000

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Part two of a series by Policy Fellow Rachel Allen

We all know what it’s like to be stuck in traffic at rush hour. We may remember a time when there were less cars on the road, and you could count on getting to where you want to go. But now there are more cars than ever and only a few lanes to travel on. What’s worse is, the tolls for getting on this highway keep going up and up.

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We've Only Just Begun: Access, Innovation and the Future of Online Music

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:35:19 +0000

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Part one of a series by FMC Policy Fellow Rachel Allen

In the past few years, streaming music and video have changed the way artists connect with fans. Popular music services such as Spotify and Pandora, high-quality video sites like Vevo, and a number of other digital platforms and applications have been important tools for fans to discover music and for artists to get paid for their work (even if the business models aren’t uniformly agreed upon). Recent studies have found that applications for music comprise the fastest growing activity among mobile phone users.  Moreover, artists like Jay Z and Lady Gaga, as well as smaller acts such as Dan Deacon, are using mobile applications to create new interactive music experiences (but as was the case with Jay Z, not all of these experiments are embraced).

Why do we bring this up now? Well, streaming music and video services would not be possible without access to high-speed broadband. However, as the music and video industries go mobile, the price and quality of connections has become more and more uncertain.

This series will explore how the evolution of the Internet impacts musicians and other creators—whether the connection is on a desktop, a laptop or a mobile device. We’ll explore the ins and outs of how artists connect, and why accessible technology platforms are essential to today’s creative entrepreneurs.

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FMC Statement on Departure of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:35:08 +0000

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Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced that he would be stepping down from his post, which he has held since the 2008 election of President Barack Obama.

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Future of Music Statement on the Departure of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:35:28 +0000

March 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced that he would be stepping down from his post, which he has held since the 2008 election of President Barack Obama.

The following statement is attributed to Casey Rae, Deputy Director of Future of Music Coalition (FMC), a national non-profit research, education and advocacy organization for musicians.

“News of Chairman Genachowski’s departure was not unexpected, and comes at a crucial time for the FCC in terms of its commitments to an accessible media and communications environment for America.

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Media Files:
http://futureofmusic.org/sites/default/files/PR-GenachowskiResign_0.pdf




Public Interest Spectrum Letter

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 18:23:31 +0000

A broad array of groups urge Congress to preserve access and innovation in mobile spectrum
February 13, 2012
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Future of Music Coalition joined a broad array of consumer, creator and public interest groups urging Congress to approach “voluntary spectrum auctions” in a manner that preserves innovation, openness and competition. As mobile spectrum becomes a primary means for internet connectivity, we suggest that the potential for further innovation be preserved in order to bring robust, affordible broadband to more Americans.

February 13, 2012
The Honorable Henry Waxman
2204 Rayburn House Office Building
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Re: Spectrum Provisions in the Payroll Tax Extension Bill

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Mic Check: A (Somewhat) Brief History of Spectrum and Wireless Microphones

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 14:50:06 +0000

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[Today's post is by theater maven and FMC Operations Coordinator Nicole Duffey]

Do you own a wireless microphone?

If so, take a moment to check out its specs — chances are it uses a part of the 700 MHz band of the electromagnetic spectrum to do its thing. If so, you’ll have to stop using your wireless mic this June. If you don’t, you could be putting someone’s life in danger.

Per the FCC:

OPERATION OF WIRELESS MICROPHONES IN THE 700 MHZ BAND

IS PROHIBITED AFTER JUNE 12, 2010

Let’s start at the beginning of this story. The VERY beginning.

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FMC Statement on the FCC's White Spaces Vote

Tue, 04 Nov 2008 06:00:00 +0000

November 4, 2008

In the wake of a recent FCC finding on White Spaces, FMC released this statement that underscored our commitment to working with both White Space advocates and the arts community toward common ground on these principles. We firmly believe the FCC has the capability to manage an orderly process that can lead to thoughtful implementation of these devices in ways that benefit the arts community.

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