Time To Be A Net Neutrality Hero (again)

The field dodged a bullet in 2015 when net neutrality was threatened but it’s on the chopping block once again. To avoid the latest round of danger, you need to do the heroic thing by contacting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to let them know how why expect them to protect net neutrality.

Adaptistration People 189The new FCC chair, Ajit Varadaraj Pai, would like to gut those rules and allow ISPs to charge users tiered fees for so-called “fast lane” traffic; those who pay get their content delivered at speeds you’re currently accustomed to experiencing. Those who don’t, see their sites slow to a crawl at a newly defined “baseline level of service.”

The reason why net neutrality matters are if the planned changes go into effect, arts organizations can expect to see their website pages load slower, which means fewer conversions, fewer tickets sold, and lower revenue.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver recently examined this latest threat so if you enjoy being entertained while you learn about otherwise dry sounding topics, take the time to watch the video at the end of this post. You should also take advantage of a service Oliver’s show launched to make the feedback process much easier for you in the form of a simple URL: gofccyourself.com (getting to the form on your own is possible, but it’s designed to be deliberately frustrating).

Once there, you need to select the “+ Express” link located toward the top, right hand side of the screen.

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From there, you can complete the form and include your message. Please feel free to use the following template as-is or edit as desired.

I’m writing to urge the FCC to scrap its plan to allow Internet Service Providers to charge for preferential treatment. These rules would destroy net neutrality. I urge the commission to throw out any such plans and instead reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service. I also urge the commission not to reclassify it under Title I of the Communications Act of 1934. This is the only way to maintain real net neutrality.

Get Started at goFCCyourself.com

Postscript: in case you think ISPs don’t see this recent effort as their best bet in years to destroy net neutrality, take the time to read this article at zdnet.com by Zack Whittaker about efforts from anti-net neutrality groups to crash the FCC’s feedback form. h/t Anthony Detrano; arts administrator extraordinaire!

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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