It seems like plenty of people hate Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler's net neutrality proposal, which critics fear would allow Internet providers to charge services for better access to consumers online. First it was the tech companies. Then came the venture capitalists who fund them. Now it's the individual content producers who are coming out against the plan.
In a letter to Wheeler released by the advocacy group Freepress, actors and musicians say the proposal would allow telecom giants to "pick winners and losers online."
The Internet is the communications medium of our era. Serving as a platform to anyone with an idea, the open Internet empowers freedom of speech and freedom of expression. But the FCC is now proposing rules that would kill — rather than protect — Net Neutrality and allow rampant discrimination online.
News that Wheeler would revise the plan broke over the weekend, but the updated version would still allow for paid prioritization of online content.
Here's the full list of celebrities who signed on to the letter -- which includes the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and a lot of musicians you may remember from your high school years:
Sarah Browning (poet)
Kimya Dawson: The Moldy Peaches, Antsy Pants, The Bundles, The Uncluded
Fat Wreck Chords
Jonny 5: Flobots
Harry and the Potters
Mark Kates: Artist Manager, Fenway Recordings
Allison Kilkenny & Jamie Kilstein: Citizen Radio
Wayne Kramer: MC5, Jail Guitar Doors USA
The Last Internationale
David Lowery: Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven
Jeff Mangum & Astra Taylor: Neutral Milk Hotel
Scott McCaughey: Young Fresh Fellows, Minus 5
Thao Nguyen: Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
Alec Ounsworth: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Martín Perna: Antibalas
Joe Perry: Aerosmith
Rich Robinson: The Black Crowes
Benji Rogers: Founder of PledgeMusic
Charlie Starr: Blackberry Smoke
Michael Stipe: R.E.M.
Jimmy Tamborello: Postal Service, Dntel, Figurine
Jonathan B. Tucker (poet)
Corin Tucker: Sleater‐Kinney
Nick Urata: DeVotchKa
Eddie Vedder: Pearl Jam
Roger Waters: Pink Floyd