Net Neutrality

The open architecture of the Internet has created unprecedented opportunities.

Internet Service Providers (ISPs), companies that sell access to the Internet, can exert immense control over that access.

A lot is at stake. At the heart of the issue is how to ensure an open Internet that preserves everyone's ability to communicate freely online to learn, engage, express themselves, innovate, and be entrepreneurial.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has previously taken steps to ensure net neutrality—the principle that allows any Internet user to access lawful content without interference from an ISP. However, with a new Chairman in place now, the regulatory framework is back to public comment.

The FCC is currently proposing to repeal the net neutrality rules set in place under the prior Obama Administration. This comment period will last until August 16, 2017, then the FCC will make a decision and likely hold a final vote by the end of the year. Want to file a comment? Here's where you can go to do that, and here is a popular shortcut that will take you directly to the comment page.

Read the Statement of Concern (pdf) in the Congressional Arts Handbook. Check out ARTSblog for more information.

“White Space”: Protecting Wireless Technology for the Arts & Media

For 35 years, wireless microphone technology has allowed users unrestricted on-stage movement and helped to create sophisticated sound.

Nonprofit performing arts organizations, commercial theaters, schools, and performers have all relied on wireless microphone equipment.

Interference protection from the FCC is critical for professional performing arts performances and for school theaters, community theaters, and media productions across the country. The recent FCC expansion of eligibility for  licensing to performing arts entities regularly using 50 or more wireless devices excludes most regional theaters, symphony orchestras, opera companies, educational theater, and presenting organizations.

Read the Statement of Concern (pdf) in the Congressional Arts Handbook.