The Net Neutrality Day Of Action Has Passed, But You Can Still Play An Important Role

Wednesday, 7/12/2017 was officially the Net Neutrality Day Of Action but even if you didn’t partake by contacting your representatives and/or the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), that doesn’t mean you’re too late. Here’s what you can do to help.

Adaptistration People 048Contact your representatives and/or the Federal Communications Commission!

Yes, even though that was a primary goal on Wednesday, it’s still one of the most useful tools for you to get involved. To that end, I recommend using the same resource highlighted in a recent Nonprofit Technology Network article declaring their support for protecting Net Neutrality and keeping Title II classification for Internet Service Providers (ISP).

Support Net Neutrality

If you are on the fence about whether this could hurt the field, here’s a mountain of insight to help you clarify your position. But make no mistake, nonprofits will suffer if the FCC gives ISPs what they want.

If you need more convincing, just look at how much effort some of the largest ISPs, like AT&T, are applying in attempts to trick Net Neutrality supporters into becoming unwitting shills by coopting genuine Net Neutrality positions (pro tip: “open internet” is not the same thing as net neutrality; instead, it’s ISP jargon to muddy the waters).

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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