FCC Votes In Favor Of Net Neutrality

FCC Votes In Favor Of Net Neutrality

FCC Votes In Favor Of Net Neutrality
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3–2 on Tuesday to adopt net neutrality rules, requiring broadband providers to allow subscribers access to all legal content, applications and services over their networks. The full scope of the regulations, however, do not apply to mobile service operators, meaning providers can still dictate which applications to accept or reject for their users. (12/22)

Sony Launches Music Streaming Service
Sony Corporation
today launched Music Unlimited, a music streaming service based on cloud technology that provides subscribers access to a catalog of 6 million songs that can be streamed across Sony's Internet-connected devices, including PlayStation 3, PCs and Bravia TVs. The service is currently available in the UK and Ireland, and will launch in the United States and other territories next year. (12/22)

SoundExchange Increases Payout
Performance rights organization SoundExchange reported $156 million in distributed funds to artists and rights owners in 2009, a 55 percent increase compared to the previous year, and a 20 percent increase in income to $204.2 million, according to a Billboard.biz report. Average annual artist payments rose 57 percent to $1,550 in 2009, while the average payout to copyright holders was up 35 percent to $10,040. The company ended the year with a payable account balance of $294 million, due to outstanding royalty disputes, insufficient data to make payouts and other issues. (12/22)
 

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