The Future of Music Coalition — an advocacy group of musicians that fought radio consolidation — is assembling a lineup of name bands, such as R.E.M. and Death Cab for Cutie, to join the fight to keep the net neutral. The group will join net neutrality advocate Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) for a teleconference today to kick off the campaign, which is called "Rock the Net
." The campaign will include a petition and a series of concerts. The coalition fears that if companies are allowed to charge for faster access to the Internet, it will hurt the ability of musicians to get their music out to their fans, especially small, indie bands.
There's also further news today on the first true expansion for the Guild Wars franchise, Guild Wars Eye of the North. The expansion is due to hit retail in Q3 2007 and will require at least one of the previous Guild Wars campaigns (Prophesies, Factions or Nightfall) in order to play.
The expansion is set largely in the dungeons and caverns of the land of Tyria that players will have first explored in Guild Wars Prophesies. Eye of the North will feature 18 large, multi-level dungeons, 150 new skills across all ten professions, 10 new Heroes, 40 new armour sets, plus more items, weapons and titles.
The expansion will also feature a Hall of Monuments where players' accomplishments are memorialised and will eventually be inherited by Guild Wars 2 characters.