FCC Repealing the Neutrality of the Network

HipHop News Posted on December 14, 2017 at 10:10am

FCC Repealing the Neutrality of the Network

It's means to Hip-Hop?

Ajit Pai, the Donald Trump-appointed head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and their co-decision-makers voted in favour of the repeal of net neutrality, the internet of the regulations established in the place during the Barack Obama.

The neutrality of the network allows the free flow of information through the internet, the establishment of a platform for all users. With the overturning of these laws, the telecommunications companies will now be able to charge for certain websites and types of traffic as they see fit, creating a gap in access to the internet and can lead to an increase of the benefits for telecommunications companies.

This has huge implications for every industry, the music industry included — from the content that the artists are able to create consumers that the consumption of music. The artist-to-consumer music model could be greatly affected. Independent artists have little opportunity to compete against the major label signees, as they do not have the budget for advertising in the same way.

In the days previous to the judgment, a host of Hip Hop artists used their influence to motivate fans to protest against the FCC. These include Metro boomin, Khalid, Common, Smokepurpp and DRAM, which will ask followers to text "REPEAL" of various short-code numbers of a series against the ruling.

Since the decision was announced, many took to Twitter to express his dismay:

I need to place these previously unreleased songs with XXX Temptation, Depression, of God, & Rihanna before the FCC starts fucking sucks for independent artists

— REGGIE MILLS (@MillsReggie) December 14, 2017

Pretty sure #NetNeutrality will strongly effect the rap battle live from the ppvs for the presentation of the battles. Smh

— RUIN YOUR DAY (@AvocadoIsGod) December 14, 2017

from the #NetNeutrality has been repealed I'm thinking of starting an actual store to get movies... like Netflix, but in person....ins

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