The Federal Communications Commission has received a record number of letters and e-mails from people like me, small content creators who have to battle it out for your attention with the likes of Universal and Twentieth Century Fox. An open Internet is absolutely essential to our survival.

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The past few months have been busy, as I’ve scrambled to wrap up the first round of interviews and performances for Don’t Give Up Your Day Job (my documentary about the life experiences of working musicians) while taking on an increasing variety of projects for hire. Here are some recent examples.

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Just a short update to let you know I survived the epic Winter of 2013-14 up here in America’s snow capital, Erie, Pennsylvania. A few life events worthy of note.

• The FolkTube experiment at the Folk Alliance International conference (subject of my previous post) was a big success. About 25 artists and bands made videos during the three days I ran my pop-up video studio in room 1346 of the Westin Crown Center. I also shot a piano showcase in one of the main rooms with Kiki Ebsen, Marci Geller and the great Radoslav Lorkovic. I put together a YouTube playlist of the videos we did, and you can find it here.

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FAVORITES AROUND THE WEB

I recently posted my own two cents worth about Net Neutrality and the Small Indie Filmmaker. I’ve been following the issue and I’m surprised at the number of simplistic and misleading opinion pieces I’ve seen on the subject. Here are some good ones.

One huge obstacle to an open internet is the fact that cable operators in most parts of the country are local monopolies with no competition. Wired magazine says local governments and utility companies bear some of the blame for this. Here’s the article.

“Reclassification” of the Internet as a public utility, subject to the same kind of regulation as local phone companies, is the most promising way to keep the Internet competitive. Here’s an article explaining so-called Title II Reclassification in understandable terms.

Yeshiva University law professor Susan Crawford is one of the foremost experts in this field. Here is Crawford’s view of what it takes for communities to build their own broadband networks, open to all carriers.

Community Broadband Networks is an entire site devoted to the idea that the United States could catch up with Sweden, Japan and other countries where broadband service is fast and cheap.

Meanwhile, Tim Wu, the academic who invented the term “net neutrality”, is running for office on a platform heavy on ideas about technology and freedom. Here’s a story about his campaign, which is being crowdfunded.

 


        

Tom Weber Films LLC is a producer and distributor of films about music, including the feature-length documentary Troubadour Blues. We also produce artist profiles, electronic press kits, music videos, multi-camera live concert programs and narrative films. We act as distributor for other filmmakers in the North American and international markets. Welcome to our website.







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