I am a huge fan of internet radio, especially because I don’t have much radio reception where I live. I listen to news and music this way. As for music, the fact is that an internet radio station, unlike a broadcast station, doesn’t have much in the way of commercial revenue to support it. Nevertheless, it fulfills a commercial purpose for the music industry, since people like me who don’t, or can’t, listen to radio, learn what’s out there musically. Indeed, if I like something I hear, with the push of a button I can buy it, something that caters to impulse buyers who can’t satisfy their impulses that quickly when seated in their cars. It’s very strange, therefore, that the music industry wants to increase dramatically the revenues charged against these sites, but they do, and my favorite internet music site, Pandora, is in an absolute panic right now:
Emergency for Internet Radio!
Yesterday our last ditch effort to delay the onset of the rates through legal channels was turned down.
This puts us three days away from the beginning of the end of internet radio. Our last hope now is the Internet Radio Equality Act and the force of the collective voice of our listeners.
Please call your congressperson today! Even if you’ve already called, please call again and ask them to force immediate action on this bill. If the phone is busy, please try again later.
I’ve tried to summarize the situation in the video post referenced here.
As always, thank you again for your tremendous support.
UPDATE: Grassroots phone calls to Congress are working. However, if this is something that interests you, don’t think the matter is over. There’s just been a temporary reprieve, so calls are still needed.
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