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.

Read the Net Neutrality Issue Brief (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.